Gruen Galleries
Michael Bentley
Friday, November 3rd, 5pm - 8pm
New Works by Michael Bentley; Opening Artist Reception

Born 1957

The combination of texture and movement so prevalent in Bentley's work conveys an atmospheric serenity inherent in nature and the environment, wherein lies his inspiration. Though not site specific, the works are strongly influenced by the vast coastal surroundings of his home in Nova Scotia, creating imagery that summons a stirring familiarity of place that truly resonates.

Bentley takes on the challenge of scale in his works which size up to 4 x 8 feet, and are rendered in a distinctive application of gouache. As the works need not be under glass due to a unique finishing process, textures and subtleties are readily engaging. Bentley works on multiple pieces simultaneously, standing over the paintings due to their sheer size. For him, this medium creates a daily metamorphic process, much like the sea that inspires, creating further connectivity to the subject.

On his earlier works on paper, the highly regarded former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Charlotta Kotik noted, "...the serenity of Michael Bentley's watercolor speaks about the artist's eternal fascination with the elements of nature ..."

Originally from the states, Bentley now lives in Nova Scotia. Traveling extensively throughout the US and Canada, he has lived and painted in many regions, from the southwest, midwest, southern coastal and the Atlantic Maritimes...

He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the US. and his work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Fall 2015, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Exhibitions
2014, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Ilinois
2012, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
2012, Art Naples, 2012, Naples, Florida
2011, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
2011, Art Chicago, 2011, Chicago, Illinois
2011, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
2009, Goldleaf Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2006, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, California
2005, Tadu Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004, Victoria Boyce Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
2003, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, Florida
2002, Ceres Gallery, New York, New York
2002, Maryland Federation of Art’s Gallery on the Circle, Annapolis, Maryland
2002, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
1999, Montana Watercolor Society, Bigfork, Montana
1999, Mountain Arts National Exhibition, Woodland Park, Colorado
1999, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
1998, Landmarks Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1997, The Wisconsin Center, Featured Artist, Landmarks Gallery, Milwaukee,Wisconsin
1995, Landmarks Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1992, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, California
1992, American Museum of Wildlife Art, Redwing, Minnesota