Acrylic: Stephen Bennett's Larger Than Life Acrylic Portraits

In the July/August 2008 issue of American Artist, we explored Stephen Bennett's approach to painting gigantic acrylic portraits that allow him to connect with portrait clients from around the world. Take a closer look at his portraits in this online exclusive gallery.

Bennett Welcome to Beswick acrylic

Bennett Mile Smile (Tanzania) acrylic

Bennett Break From Dancing (Tanzania) acrylic

Bennett standing next to
Welcome to Beswick.
Mile Smile (Tanzania)
2001, acrylic, 80 x 64.
Collection the artist.
Break From Dancing (Tanzania)
2001, acrylic, 80 x 64.
Private collection.

Bennett Javier acrylic

Bennett Long Neck Bling (Thailand) acrylic

Bennett Pay the Police (Tanzania) acrylic

Javier
2006, acrylic, 36 x 24.
Private collection.
Long Neck Bling (Thailand)
2007, acrylic, 80 x 64.
Collection the artist.
Pay the Police (Tanzania)
2002, acrylic, 80 x 64.
Private collection.

Bennett Portrait of a Young Boy acrylic

Bennett Portrait of a Young Girl acrylic

Bennett The Gods Must Be Crazy acrylic

Portrait of a Young Boy
2003, acrylic, 40 x 30.
Private collection.
Portrait of a Young Girl
1999, acrylic, 60 x 40.
Private collection.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (Namibia)
2002, acrylic, 60 x 48.
Collection the artist.

 

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5 thoughts on “Acrylic: Stephen Bennett's Larger Than Life Acrylic Portraits

  1. i’m really impressed and inspired by stephen’s work, i’m currently ending a foundation in fine art in UK and stumbled across these works, i’m going to include Stephen in my sketch book as an example of how portraiture can be more fun that what the old masters did, great expressions and charactor, these paintings are amongst some of my favorite from a contempory artist.

  2. Your paintings are fantastic! I have been painting copies to learn just how you pick colors. I take the painting into a semi-dark room and it looks very different, the colors show the shadows and not the colors. It is so fun to and you are truly an inspiration.

  3. “how portraiture can be more fun that what the old masters did”

    Bah… (the old masters suuure had some orgasmic fun with portraits, some more than others like allways, just check Rembrandt auto portraits).

    But his portraits are kinda cool no doubt! A great change from all the really bad stuff that usually is found on the net galleries.

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