Philippa Bentley is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Auckland. Her work finds its inspiration in nature and ecology.
Philippa Bentley's work frequently places environmental concerns at its heart. As the artist describes: "I have become increasingly concerned over the global impact of environmental issues and this has been reflected in the development of my work over the last few years. Sea charts have become my symbol of navigating our way forward, plotting a course through these troubled, uncharted waters..."
The artist has become known for her use of sea charts in her work. These charts are beautiful objects in themselves and can become a point of connection for the viewer, depicting a local geography. Bentley incorporates the charts into her paintings and also transforms the charts into compelling 3D sculptures. In her sculptural work the paper boat is a common motif, the paper boat conveys an image of fragility or vulnerability effectively reminding us that our seas are in need. The paper boats are adorned with paintings, prints and drawings to become arks, displayed in museum quality glass cases.
Philippa Bentley's work draws on the fact that we are an island nation- As the artist describes: "NZ begins with the sea and ends with the sea - and we all have a relationship with the water. It's not surprising that my artwork has been informed by these experiences and reflects the careful observation and love of the natural world, overlaid with a layer of contemplation."
Philippa Bentley has been working professionally as an artist since 2005. She exhibits her work in select New Zealand galleries and has work held in private collections in New Zealand and overseas. Philippa Bentley has always lived close to the sea and continues to spend much time on the water sailing.
Philippa Bentley's mixed-media work explores our delicate and interwoven relationship with the natural world.