Works of the artist
Bennett Vadnais was born in 1978 in Washington. He trained as a painter in the classical tradition at such schools as the Bougie Studio (MN), the Water Street Atelier (NY) and the Art Students League of New York.
He received several awards for his work, including the first scholarship given by the American Society of Classical Realism and a merit scholarship from the Art Students League. In 2003, he was the recipient of both the Edward McDowell and the Xavier Gonzalez travel grants. These awards allowed him to live and work in Europe for two years. He has since returned to New York City where he has worked for the past seven years.
Bennett has shown work with Anderson Fine Art Gallery (St. Simons Island, GA), Atlanta Art Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Century Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York, NY), John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), KB Gallery (New York, NY), and had a solo exhibition at the Art Students League in 2005. He is an instructor of painting and drawing at the Teaching Studios of Art in Brooklyn and Oyster Bay, and teaches privately in New York City.
With a background in plein air landscape painting, the subject of Vadnais work tends to deal with the subtlety of light and its effect on various subjects. Having a particular interest in architecture, Vadnais likes to explore the contrast between static unchanging forms and the elusive qualities of light and the emotion they convey.
Vadnais is comfortable with an assortment of media and tends to vary his approach in response to the subject matter. However he often prefers building his paintings with transparent layers of color, allowing him to infuse them with a natural sense of variety and complexity.
Significant artistic influences include Edward Hopper, Antonio Lopez Garcia, and Andrew Wyeth.