Graham Benton first visited St. Ives as an art student and was greatly influenced by many of the notable artist residents such as Peter Lanyon.
Graham regularly teaches painting at local community centres and was elected as an Associate of the RBSA in 1986, and a Member in 2004. He has had his work featured at Stafford Art Gallery, Penzance Art Gallery and 273 Gallery, London.
Benton currently splits his time between his studio in Walsall and his beloved Cornwall. Although often abstract and non-representational in appearance, Graham’s paintings are unmistakably influenced by the landscapes of West Penwith.
The free brushwork in his paintings stems from the movement of the sea against rock and shore. Earth and marine colours predominate whilst perspective and a stable viewpoint are eliminated. Graham’s pleasure in using paint creates a very personal vision.
He works in all mediums, but mostly oils and mixed media. He accepts commissions and it is possible to visit Graham in his studio by prior arrangement.