Artists Statement

Zoe Benbow
Zoe Benbow

Zoe Benbow’s paintings aim to communicate a sense of awe and enjoyment in landscape, as a means of questioning our cultural construct of wilderness and our relationship to the natural world. The images are developed from drawings made ‘in the field’, yet by an intense engagement with the processes of painting and studio practice, the resulting canvases become as much a meditation on geology of association and memory as of an actual place.

Benbow’s experience of walking and drawing in landscape is that everything – light, wind, vegetation and stones – are shifting, sliding, moving with every moment. Contrary to the quest for achieving long distance or summit she enjoys meandering, searching, looking and often bizarrely napping and dreaming in protected hollows. Exploring a micro–macro dynamic, she is interested in the experience of landscape as intimate and surrounding as opposed to distancing and remote.



1987- 1989: Royal College of Art, London – MA (RCA) – MA Thesis – Distinction
1982- 1985: Ravensbourne College of Art and Design – BA Hons – First Class
1981- 1982: Berkshire College of Art and Design – General Foundation Diploma

Professional Membership: Contemporary Art Society

Current Projects

May 2015: Artist in Residence, British–Kazahk Society, Almaty, Kazakhstan
June 2015: Artist in Residence, Outlandia Scotland
July 2015: Solo exhibition, Hay Hill Gallery, Baker Street, London W1

Selected Solo Shows

2014: ‘Shifting Light’ – Moorgate Exchange- VJB Arts Project EC2
2014: REDHANDED – Cromer Street,, London WC1 – Artist-led Project – solo show and three month artist in residency.
2013-14: ‘Where we begin to look’ – Landscape and Poetry 2014: Touring exhibition commissioned by The Poetry Society – Small World Theatre Cardigan, Hebden Bridge Poetry Festival, Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University, Norwich Arts Centre and Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
2012: ‘Western Seas’ – Threadneedle Street EC2 – Hammerson Project Sept-Jan 2013
2012: Western Seas – Gresham Street, London EC2 – Hammerson Project, June- Sept
2012: ‘Wild Wild’ Waves – Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street London W1
2010: Wild Path – Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street W1
2010: ‘Wayfarer’ – Grosvenor Street London W1- Hammerson Project
2008: La Galeria – Consell de Cent, 279 08011 Barcelona
2008: August Art – Wenlock Basin, London N1 – two person exhibition
2009: ‘Sentier Sauvage’ – ANPQ Foundation, 34800 Peret, France
2006: Dartington College of Art, artist’s residency and gallery exhibition
2006: ‘Tectonic’- Cafe Gallery Projects, Southwark Park, London SE16 (Arts Council funded– supported by Grants for the Arts)
2005: La Galeria, Consell de Cent, Barcelona
2003: New Work, Wenlock Basin – Artist’s Initiative Project
1997: Christopher Hull Gallery London SW1
1995: Christopher Hull Gallery SW1
1991: Berkeley Square Gallery, London W1
1991: Templeton College, Oxford

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007: Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space, London
2004: ‘Any Minute Every Minute’- Wenlock Basin N1 – curated by Zoe Benbow
2003: Mall Galleries,W1 – two person, collector’s sponsorship
2002: Stephen Lacey Gallery, EC1 – three person exhibition
2001: Mall Galleries, W1 – two person, collector’s sponsorship
1996: Standpoint Gallery N1
1995: ‘Squaring the Circle’- Delfina Trust Gallery ,Bermondsey St, SE1 -two person
1993: ‘SS Excess’ – Factual Nonsense EC2 – Installation for inaugural exhibition to coincide with the event ‘ A Fete Worse than Death’

Residencies and Awards

2012: Returning Fellow – Ballinglen Arts Foundation, North Mayo, Ireland – month
2011: Fellowship -Ballinglen Arts Foundation- month
2010: ‘As I Walked Out’ London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Project – commissioned by Stroud Valley Arts – Walking Project in the Forest of Dean
2008: Residency Kakslauttanen Artic Resort – Finland – short residency
2006: Artist In Residence, Dartington College of Art – one month
2003: 3 month research period – the support team for The Arts Catalyst’s Makrolab project, Central Highlands, Scotland
2002: Symbiotica – Tissue Culture Workshop – participant, Adelaide Australia
2001: Year of the Artist Award, Southern Arts, Mural Commission
2000: Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, Ireland- one month residency
1996: Binz 39, Scuol-Nairs, Switzerland – three month residency
1991: Delfina Studio Trust, Andalucia, Spain- three month residency
1989: Delfina Studio Trust, London – one year funded studio residency

Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching

2015: Visiting Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
2010-2012: Painting and Drawing Pathway Module Leader and Life Drawing Tutor, 2nd year undergraduates, Oxford Brookes University, UK
2008: Designed and led drawing course for design students – 10 day /weekly course – spring semester- Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology Bangalore, India
2005: Drawing from Observation- Module Leader, Department of Industrial Design Engineering (MA Students), Royal College of Art, London UK
1992 and 1989: Project Leader- Fine Art Tutor, City and Guilds School of Art, London UK