Terence Bennett's painting displays a passionate, almost mystical relationship with landscape. His work reveals a deep and intuitive understanding of the beauty and power of the natural world.
His oil painting is applied with a sensitive and sensuous energy which reflects the elemental forces that interplay with light and shade in ever-changing patterns. Vast spaces, often with small, fragile buildings that seem to defy the forces of change around them, capture the 'spirit of place' of northern moorland.
His watercolours show a delicate handling of the medium in the best British tradition of understatement. There is a delicacy of observation that has a masterly structure underlying the iridescent light illuminating the paper, and informs mists of land and sea.
Taken as a whole Terence Bennett's oils, drawings and watercolours testify that this painter is at the height of his powers of expression; the culmination of fifty years of creative hard work.
Terence Bennett found recognition for his work, in the late 1960's and early 1970's, with his industrial landscapes of South Yorkshire. The pits, slag heaps and quarries, were his inspiration until he moved with his family to the village of Bolsterstone, in the Ewden valley near Sheffield.
The change of environment brought about a change in style, depicting moorland and river scenes, plus the beautiful coastal scenes of the east coast of England.
While Terence still continues to find inspiration in his native Yorkshire, frequent forays to the west coast of Ireland have resulted in some memorable works of Connemara, Galway and County Clare.
He is currently working on a series of watercolours involving power stations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.