About Philippa Bentley
Philippa Bentley is a multi-disciplinary artist inspired by nature, with ecology and the environment at the heart of her work.
Philippa creates beautiful, considered pieces and her work has been reviewed as “highly unusual and utterly delightful”. Philippa grew up in Auckland with a large, rambling garden fascinated by insects, damming ponds in the creek and building huts in the bush. Apparently, it was where her parents could always find her- any time of day, any weather. “I love the idea of retaining a sense of wonder in the world.”
It is not surprising that Philippa's artwork has been informed by these experiences and a continued love of the natural world, gardening and sailing, and reflects careful observation overlaid with a layer of contemplation.
Philippa has won awards in painting, printmaking and design and has been a finalist in a number of national and international awards. Her works are held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad, including being collected by figures such as Dawn French and Sheryl Crow, and the Benetton World Art Collection, Italy. Philippa has been working as a professional artist now for over fifteen years and exhibits regularly.
The work is often concept driven and Philippa tends to work thematically. Over the years she has developed a number of well-known and sought-after series and bodies of work, across the disciplines of paint, print, AR technology and small sculpture. Recent work reflects the artist’s concern at global environmental issues. Her nautical charts are symbolic of navigating a new and changing landscape; her paper boats reflect the fragility of the marine ecosystem; her human landform and Archipelago paintings reflect on the interconnectedness of things and convey a sense of place, of belonging. All consider our relationship with our immediate environment, each other and connecting emotionally with the natural world.
“I love it when my work resonates with others. Creativity is essentially bringing something new in to the world, something that wasn’t here before. It is an act of connecting and giving. I want mine to be a positive contribution. I hope it brings you joy.”