Dan Bennett Biography
Coats Crafts present a new collection of Rowan fabrics created by talented Brighton-based artist Dan Bennett. The new designs are inspired by nature and pre-history.
The intriguing inspiration for Dan Bennett's Wild Garden fabric collection comes from Dans interest in the ancient geometric symbols carved into stone by prehistoric man. Says Dan, The dots, spirals, zigzags, meandering lines, arcs and grids are a primal pan-global language which I have adapted to describe flora and fauna in my paintings.
Before becoming a full-time artist, Dan ran a gardening company, and his experience of handling and nurturing plants and garden wildlife forms the backdrop to his art. The underlying patterns and structures in nature inspire me to create designs that reflect the dynamism of life." If you look at the fabrics in the new collection you will see the love of nature, and the representations of ancient artistic expression communicated through symbols and shapes. The result is original and startlingly contemporary.
Dan Bennett was born in Kent in 1975, and currently lives and works in Brighton. He was awarded a full art scholarship to Epsom College in 1988, and in 1998 gained a 2:1 BA Fine Art degree from Leeds University.
Dan is a member of Studio 106, an artists' collective that works and exhibits in a converted warehouse in the Poet's Corner district of Hove. Dan exhibits at various galleries and art fairs throughout the UK and the US.