Benedict Doonan is an artist based in Somerset. He is a realist painter and his paintings feature man made structures sitting within landscapes with a particular focus on light and shadow to create and enhance the forms he sees.
“ I’m aiming to create a heightened sense of reality within the paintings so that the structural elements look both familiar and slightly alien.
I am currently creating a series of paintings depicting beach lifeguard stations. These are commonly found throughout the world but many of the series feature the iconic light blue station that can be found on the Californian coastline. These structures have totemic quality which is partly a result of their location and their isolation. They just sit facing the sea in all weathers, day and night and this imbues them with an odd other-worldliness. They are also drenched in beautiful coastal light and feature weather beaten wood painted an array of different colours all of which make them a treat to paint.”
He has taken part in several group shows over the last decade including the RWA Open Exhibition and frequently takes part in the Affordable Art Fair.
Benedict was awarded the Bath Society of Artists Prize in 2018