Philippa Bentley | BIO < back to artists

CPhilippa Bentley is an artist based in Devonport, Auckland.
Her artwork is usually inspired by nature, often with a twist.

“ I love the idea of retaining a sense of wonder in the world. This is leading me to slowly develop my own wunderkammer. I just seem to be a little stuck on the entomology section- my fascination with insects- right now!  My work often reflects on memory and identity, love and the collector. Wonder.”

Philippa has completed limited edition artist’s prints, paintings, private commissions and design projects.
Inspired by a fascination with insects that’s lasted from playing in her sprawling childhood garden and in the creek down at the bottom of the bush, her 'Insects and Memories' work is a series of insect collections presented as museum boxes. The original insect images are individually screenprinted and handpainted on  to weatherboards or paper. The use of aged weatherboard started as a play on the 1950’s trend of a butterfly on a weatherboard house and is an integral part of the work.
Subtleties, personal memories, iconic references, heritage brands and humour are layered in to each artwork.
The cicada has a subtle  AM-FM tuner painted on it’s abdomen, as Bentley remembers cupping cicadas in her hands and pretending they were radios. The Huhu Beetle is adorned with the cover of AWB Powell’s ‘Native Animals of New Zealand’- a reference book familiar to many from the school nature study table or a dusty shelf on the bach bookcase.
Reviewing Bentley’s work in 2009, art critic TJ MacNamara described it as "highly unusual and utterly delightful.”
Philippa won a merit award at the 2010 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award.

Philippa is represented by several galleries across the country, exhibits regularly, and has work held in collections both in New Zealand and internationally.