Carol Bennett is a native of Los Angeles, who has spent the last 20 years living in Hawaii. Her work is a meditative journey through both the water and through life. She is one of the few artists to truly capture what it's like to be in...and moving and swimming through the water.
For Carol, the act of swimming underwater is similar to the process of painting. Her approach results in multi-layered surfaces that are intricate and textured and unexpected. She is constantly experimenting with her pieces: adding, subtracting, sanding and recoating.
She has created over 100 large public and corporate commissions internationally including a 48 ft. stained glass/ photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden in 2013. Water flows through all her work, large and small.
Signature: Signed on lower right corner
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 Current Motion, Elisa Contemporary Art curated exhibit at Saint Peters Church, NYC
2008 Flow, New Works, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI
One thing leads to Another, Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI
2006 Art at The Bean, Kauai Hawaii, curated by Alison Wong of the Contemporary Museum, HI
1996 Carol Bennett / Wayne Zebzda , Roy’s Poipu, Kauai, HI
1993 Waters’ edge, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
1991 Work in progress, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1990 Recent paintings and works on paper, Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988 New Works, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1985 Recent Works, Roark, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Summer Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1982 Underwater Colors, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art
2016 Aqua Art Miami, Elisa Contemporary Art
Dive In, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
Pulp Fiction, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
2015 Immersion, Elisa Contemporary Art at The Design Studio, Bridgehampton NY
Hamptons Designer Showhouse, Sag Harbor, NY
2014 Elisa Contemporary Art at Aqua Art Miami, Miami FL
Pacific Swim, Elisa Contemporary Art at New York Design Center, NY
2013 Westchester Designer Showhouse,
2012 Strength and Grace, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
2011 Swimming in Colour, Eisenhauer Gallery, MA
Splash, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY, NY
2010 Embody, Elizabeth Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
2008-09 Holiday Show 08, Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI
2008 ConTempoRarities, Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, HI
2006 Exhibition of Public Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2005 Summertime, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2005 Reflecting Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2004 Academy of the Arts at Line Kuna, 15 Kauai Artists, Honolulu, HI.
1999-2002 KSA annual, Lihue, Kauai State Foundation purchase award
1998 Kauai Artists, Kinipopo Gallery, Kapaa, HI.
1996 Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.
1995 Kauai Museum, KSA. Show, Lihue, HI.
1993 Islanded, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.
Kauai Society of Artists Invitational, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI.
1991 Kauai Museum, KSA. Show, Lihue , HI. State Foundation Purchase Award
Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1988 Toluca Group Show, Toluca Lake Gallery, Burbank, CA.
Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI.
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI
American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Elisa Contemporary Art www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com Lisa@ElisaArt.com 212.729.4974
Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 28 Ways to Love, Mohair, Pasadena, CA.
1987 Stones Print Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1986 Toluca Lake, Burbank, CA.
1983 Valentines Day Show, Frameshack Warehouse, Honolulu, HI
Monoprints, Art Space, Los Angeles, CA.
1982 Signs 1983, Invitational, AMFAC Plaza Exhibitions, Honolulu, HI
Stones’ Summer Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
Women’s’ Show, Kauai State Building, Lihue, HI
1978 Hollywood, Cedar Sinai Hospital Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1974 KSA Show, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI
Over 100 Public and Corporate commissions from 1978 – 2012
Trigger Picasso Energy, 48 ft x 8 foot hand-painted colored vitreous enamels fired on float glass with gold leaf and photovoltaic solar cells, at the Hawaii State Art Museum, 2012
Sculpture Garden, HI. Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2010- 2012
Water: A Point of Departure, two acrylic on recycled sails paintings (triptych and polytych), 8 ft. x 26 ft. and 8 ft. x 52 ft. Installed in Foyer and Passenger Queuing at Pier 2 Terminal, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, HI. Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2008- 2009
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.
Persis Collection, Honolulu, HI.
Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI.
Art in Public Places, Honolulu HI.
Kauai Judiciary Building
Honolulu Convention Center, Oahu, HI.
Honolulu International Airport, Oahu, HI .
Hadafi Hotel, Saipan,
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills , CA.
Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.,
Nairobi Hilton, Kenya, Africa
Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT.
1978 B.A. Art Center College of Design , Los Angeles, CA.
1974 B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara , College of Creative Studies
About Carol Bennett
Exposing the properties of light and its interactions with different materials, Carol Bennett explores luminosity through paintings and glass works. Her paintings of female swimmers underwater, with their diffracted forms and suspended rays of light, position the sun’s rays as material and tangible, while her glass works, which feature colored glass and metallic coatings, react to changing natural light and incorporate the surrounding landscape. Based in Hawaii, Bennett is inspired by the way minor events can coalesce to affect greater change. Having previously worked as a stage-set designer and billboard painter, Bennett became accustomed to working with small details to build a larger work of art that is interesting both up close and from afar.
American, b. 1954, Los Angeles, California