Anna Freeman Bentley

Mobility and Grandeur

Marina Cashdan, Ben Quash, Michele Robecchi

Anna Freeman Bentley (b. Freeman, 1982) is a painter based in London. Her practice explores the built environment, architecture, and interiors, inviting emotive, psychological and semiotic readings of space. With an intense palette and energetic brushwork, her paintings depict all manner of places - derelict factories and warehouses, baroque buildi
Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Anomie Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781910221037
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 8.5 X 7.5 inches
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Overview
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Anna Freeman Bentley (b. Freeman, 1982) is a painter based in London. Her practice explores the built environment, architecture, and interiors, inviting emotive, psychological, and semiotic readings of space. With an intense, regularly dark palette and energetic yet often intricate brushwork, her paintings depict all manner of places – derelict factories and warehouses, baroque buildings, shops, cafes, new-build homes, and modern industrial and corporate architecture. With a particular focus on the relationships between the design of architecture, its function and use, how these uses change over time, and how streets, areas, communities, and cities decline, regenerate, and gentrify, Freeman Bentley’s practice documents the changing vocabulary of architecture and captures some of the complex dynamics, atmospheres, politics, and states of mind that these places engender.

This, the artist’s first monograph, features over forty paintings spanning her career to date, offering a journey through the built environment that takes the viewer into realms as diverse as psychogeography and heteropias, romanticism and modernism. From the needs and desires of individuals to those of the different communities that make up urban life in cities and towns today, her paintings open up questions about displacement and replacement, decay and rebirth, change and transformation, public and private, social and economic mobility, aspiration and desire, buildings and people. Seeking to go beyond the visible and tangible and to explore her own faith as a practicing Christian, Freeman Bentley’s work looks through the fabric of our physical environment to ask about what lies behind, into the dialogue between matter and spirit.

The publication features newly commissioned texts by London-based curator and writer Michele Robecchi, New York-based art writer and editor Marina Cashdan, and Ben Quash, Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London. Edited by Matt Price and designed by Joe Gilmore / Qubik, this hardback monograph presents the arresting and engaging work of one of the UK’s most promising emerging painters.

Freeman Bentley studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design before graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2010. She has had solo exhibitions in Berlin, Venice, and California, residencies in London with the Florence Trust and with Pied a Terre Michelin-starred restaurant, and participated in group exhibitions including the Prague Biennale and the inaugural East London Painting Prize, 2014.

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