Stephen Bennett was born in London in 1954, his father having emigrated from Ardara, Co. Donegal. Having completed a course in Graphics, Design and Illustration he graduated from Barking College of Art, London in 1973 and spent the next 18 years working for leading London advertising agencies.
He worked as a visualiser/illustrator on the accounts of companies such as British Airways, Cadbury’s, B.P. etc. and was part of award-winning creative teams while working for Saatchi & Saatchi and other top agencies. He left advertising in 1992 to follow his lifelong ambition of living and working as a painter in Donegal.
Having left the constraints of the commercial world behind him, Stephen set out to find his own way of painting. Drawing his inspiration from the people and landscape around him he has developed a vigorous and expressive style. The subject matter of his work is varied, including both figurative paintings and landscapes but he has a special interest in people and their day to day activities and likes to experiment with different media. Musicians are a recurring theme in his paintings reflecting his own love of music.
Now settled in Ardara for more than 20 years, Stephen is an established exhibitor in galleries throughout Ireland and represented Ireland at the prestigious Florence Biennale in 2005. His paintings are included in private collections worldwide.