Carmel Benson was born in Wexford. In 1972 she graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. and H. Dip. Ed. In 1982 she graduated from Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design, majoring in painting and printmaking. She joined the Graphic Studio Dublin where she later became a director. She was a lecturer in print at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology from 1985 – 1999 when she resigned and moved to Co. Wicklow where she now lives and works as a full time artist.
Combining figurative and abstract elements, Carmel Benson’s work is drawn from themes of childhood and nature. Through a strong use of colour, light and the simplification of perspective, it seeks to explore the integration or isolation of the individual in space/time. Aspects of garden, field and hillside are portrayed as spaces of enclosure or expansion from the absorbed stance, often evocative of childhood wonder and immersion. Elements from the established domain of Art are sometimes integrated with the personal, bringing an aspect of the collective to this individual vision.
Her work is included in many public and private collections including: the Irish Contemporary Art Society, Bank of Ireland, AIB and the Arts Councils of Ireland.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Connect, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2008 Childscapes, Graphic Studio, Gallery
2003 New Paintings, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1997 Watchhouse Gallery, Enniscorthy, Ireland
Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Little Christmas, Graphic Studio, Dublin
2008 Revelation, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
2005 Gardens of Earthly Delight, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
2004 Invited Artist for Amnesty International, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2001 Estampe, Galerie Michele Broutta, Paris
2001 Blackpool, Glasgow Print Gallery, Scotland
2003, 1998 London Original Print Fair, The Royal Academy, London