The internationally renowned Garry Knox Bennett received his formal artistic training in painting and sculpture. It was a solid foundation to the individual development of more functional work and what is considered a fairly unique approach to furniture creation that includes a broad range of diverse material and the fabrication of his own hardware. This exhibition is not a retrospective, but more a group of personal favorites chosen by Garry, with the encouragement of his wife, Sylvia, and Curator and former CCAC classmate, Phil Linhares, who states, “Bennett ranks among the leaders of his generation of contemporary furniture makers and craftsmen of fine objects.” It includes a selection of paintings and furniture, including chairs, tables, and lamps, and other objects and works created over a fifty-year period. This is also rare because it is one of the few exhibitions that offer early, mid-career, and recent works combined.
Bennett’s work is included in many private collections and the collections of several major museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the Oakland Museum of California, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition is a splendid opportunity for Bay Area art enthusiasts to view a broad range of Bennett’s artistic areas of interest as the largest and most diverse collections of his work tend to be on the East Coast. Sanchez Art Center, in line with a long history of artistic contributions to Pacifica’s community, is proud to bring this visually exciting collection to the Bay Area and Pacifica.
To see more of
Mr. Bennett’s work, visit his website: www.gkb-furniture.com