Dudley Lambert Bennett - Biographie

I was born in 1944 in Purley, Surrey in the UK.

My life changed in 1967 when I embarked on an art course at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington, South East London.

Prior to this I had drawn and painted since about the age of 9, without much guidance, except in the art lessons at St. Dunstan’s College, Catford, also in South East London, where I was educated. An education that continued on to King’s College London University, where I studied German and French for a B.A. (Hons) Degree. At a lecture given by a visiting French professor of Art, I realised I needed to study art and its techniques more closely.

At City and Guilds of London Art School, with the guidance and inspiration of Eric Morby, I came alive. Things academic changed to the artistic and the humane. I left there on a high, and with the Diploma with Distinction.

1970-73 saw me at the Royal College of Art, London, where life became more political than artistic…I moved into ‘hard-edge’ abstraction, became friends with Bryan Webb, student in the Ceramics School and President of the Students’ Union, and spent some time at the Cité des Arts Studio, Paris, France in exile.

On return to London I received my M.A. (R.C.A.) and sought a British Council Scholarship to continue work and studies at the Dûsseldorf Kunstakademie, Germany, with success. This was a time when I encountered Joseph Beuys and worked as an assistant for Gerhard Richter.

1975 London. A troubled UK. I started teaching in the East End of London, sometimes part-time, therefore able to continue my work. Later I became a teacher of art and pottery in a small special needs school for « delicate children » in the South. Both jobs were challenging and great fun.

In 1990 seeing the havoc wrought by Margaret Thatcher in the educational system, and marvelling at the incompetence around me, I decided I had to devote myself as much as possible to my art.

I have always had a passion for travel, have often taken odd jobs to survive, and have never ceased to search for THAT painting.