© the artist. Photo credit: Southend Museums Service
Painter and teacher, born and lived in Doncaster, Yorkshire. He attended the local School of Art, 1951–6, then after National Service taught, giving up teaching to paint full-time in a mining village near Rotherham, 1971. In 1973 gained a Yorkshire Fine Art Fellowship, not long after he had taken up up teaching part-time, eventually becoming head of art department, Thomas Rotherham College, Rotherham.
Took part in many mixed exhibitions from series with Yorkshire Artists, Leeds, 1967; others including Park Square Gallery, Leeds from 1968; RA from 1974; Anna-Mei Chadwick, 1987; and Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, from 1991, winning a prize in 1994. Had solo show at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, 1967, later ones including Victoria Gallery, Harrogate, 1979, and Quaker Gallery and Grey College, University of Durham, both from from 1998. In 2001, Bennett was Sydney Holgate Fellow at Grey College. The Bank of England, Nuffield Foundation and Yorkshire Arts Association hold his work.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)