Second Home

ANNA FREEMAN BENTLEY

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 6-8 PM

November 9 – December 28, 2019

Anna Freeman Bentley

Outlook, 2017

Oil and acrylic on board

44.40h x 51.50w x 2d in

AFB002

Anna Freeman Bentley

Mimosa, 2018

Oil and acrylic on canvas

53.10h x 37.40w x 2d in

AFB003

Anna Freeman Bentley

Inclusive, 2018

Oil on panel

19.60h x 15.70w x 2d in

AFB004

Anna Freeman Bentley

Fine tuning, 2018

Oil on panel

21.60h x 17.70w x 2d in

AFB005

Anna Freeman Bentley

Palate cleanser, 2018

Oil on panel

21.60h x 17.70w x 2d in

AFB006

Anna Freeman Bentley

Hosting, 2018

Oil on panel

15h x 12w in

AFB007

Anna Freeman Bentley

Welcome, 2018

Oil on panel

15h x 12w in

AFB008

Anna Freeman Bentley

Drama, 2018

Oil on panel

7.80h x 9.80w in

AFB009

Anna Freeman Bentley

Drama, 2018

Oil on panel

7.80h x 9.80w in

AFB010

Anna Freeman Bentley

Club Room (diptych), 2018

Oil and acrylic on canvas

78.70h x 102.30w in

AFB011

Press Release

 

(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK GALLERY is pleased to present Second Home; the gallery's first solo exhibition of works by London-based artist Anna Freeman Bentley. For this exhibition Freeman Bentley presents a series of paintings that explore the spaces of private members clubs and their visual identities.

Members clubs can be perceived as a symbol of wealth and exclusivity to outsiders, yet to insiders the club represents a home away from home. The way that these places are decorated and filled with ornaments speaks of personal history, but the commodity of membership is de-personalising.

Freeman Bentley seeks out these interiors, working hard to get permission to gain access as it is important to the work that she has experienced the spaces physically. Taking photographs the composition of her images begins through the eye of the camera lens. In the studio these photographs act as starting points and the processes of sketching, preparatory works, underpainting and painting act as steps beyond the photograph into a painterly realm that explores things that the camera does not see: the meaning, atmosphere and tension of these interiors and how they relate to a more internalized, psychological space of longing.

In all of Freeman Bentley’s work, she seeks to capture the complex dynamics, atmospheres, and emotional responses that different places engender. By depicting spaces that display an obvious lack or where a change of function has taken place, her paintings evoke a longing that may be personal or universal; a deep human desire for permanence in a world that shows signs of decay and wear.

 

ABOUT ANNA FREEMAN BENTLEY
Anna Freeman Bentley is a visual artist living and working in London.

Freeman Bentley studied in London receiving her BA from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2004 after completing an Erasmus Exchange at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin in 2003. In 2010, she received an MFA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited internationally in Germany, South Korea, the Czech Republic, the USA and the UK.

She was the winner of the Artist in Restaurant Award and Residency at Michelin-starred restaurant Pied a Terre in London in 2012 and has recently taken part in the Palazzo Monti Residency in Brescia. She has also been a recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2019 and 2017.

Her work has recently been added to the Soho House permanent collection and is currently on show in Soho Houses in Barcelona and Los Angeles. Other collections include the Hotel Crillon collection, Paris; Saatchi Collection, London; the Hogan Lovells Collection, London and the Ahmanson Collection, California.