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Portrait Painter and Artist
 
Birth date   14/01/1970
 
Introduction   After leaving the Royal College of Art in 1993, I went to live in New York where I continued to work as an illustrator. On my return I resumed my first love: portrature and figurative painting, which became a full-time occupation from 2000 onwards.  
I have spent lengthy stays in the Carribean, Africa, the Middle East and South America, where many of my narrative pieces are set.  
Recently I have been in solo shows. Much of my work concentrating on more classic, still quieter portrature.
 
Education   1993-Royal College of Art
 
Selected Commissions   2003-Commission-Lady Wolfson of sunningdale
 
Group Exhibitions   2000 - Macleans Fine Art @art London'  
2001 'Fresh Paint' Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2001 - 2010 - Group Shows Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2005 - Group Show - Di Rollo Gallery, Edinburgh  
2005 - 2010 - Group Shows Bohemia Galleries York  
2007 - 2010 Group Shows Modern Artist Gallery, Berkshire
 
Solo Exhibitions   2004 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2005 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2006 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2007 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
2007 - Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle  
2009 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London  
20010 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London
 
Artist's Statement   I always have the portrait uppermost in my mind in a picture be it a group narrative, nude or a straightforward portrait whether commissioned or otherwise. I prefer to work in layers and stages loving the way the varying facets of a sitters personality reveal themselves over time on the canvas. I prefer a restrained pallette relishing the greater unity and realism this affords a piece.
 
 

Statement      I prefer to work from life. I require a minimum of six two-hour sittings. The first sitting consists of me drawing to establish a pose.  
I then, in the next sitting, commence working directly on the canvas.  
Where time is a problem for the sitter, i will work from photos though I must take them myself and, if at all possible, I find it extremely helpful to still have a two to three-hour session with the subject to make an oil sketch which I'll use to work from in conjunction with the photos.  
 
I am happy to travel, though I do have a very centrally located London studio not far from the South Bank that is very well lit, spacious and near all transport links with additional parking.

 

Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Prices
 
Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From 1000    $1500
  Head and Shoulders   From 2850    $4000
3/4 LengthFrom 5000 $7000
Full LengthFrom 7000 $10000
Double PortraitFrom 8000 $15000
Group PortraitFrom 15000 $20000
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
"Over the last ten years at Medici Gallery. Noel Bensted has continued to build on his reputation by producing works that beguile and intrigue with a hint of mystery an romance. His paintings sparkle with vitality and by using carefully selected models who all ahve something arresting about them,anf a certain poise in their bearing, he reconstructs timelesss moments obsreved in the bustling cosmopolitan modern life. He creates these set pieces alongside his nudes,portaits and still life paintings, in which he demonstrates his command of composition, observation from life and handling of paint" Medici Gallery 2010