(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.
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,
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.