Gary Benfield was born in 1965 in Birmingham, England. He studied art first at Stourbridge College of Art and then at Wrexham College of Art. In 1986, he became a professional freelance illustrator. After leaving the academic world he set up his own studio near London and concentrated on drawing and painting figures. Within a few years, his work was being collected throughout Europe and his reputation had become firmly established. He is now considered one of the most renowned contemporary artists in the art world. His work has been exhibited from Moscow to Toronto. Gary Benfield’s paintings represent a world of objects which combine figures, mythology, nature, and still life.
Despite the casual appearance of his compositions all his imagery is highly organized, and after long observations one finds the hidden symmetry and beauty beneath the layers of finery. The background to his paintings is soft, reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches and sepia tones, most of it defined only with pencil and a slight highlight of color.
This is a painting of Four Courts, the justice buildings in Dublin, Ireland. It has a large frame 27″ x 29″ (small damage, corners are not well squared) and is described as an original mixed media (more than one technique or design) with paint, gold leaf (placed by hand), a giclee of archival inks, signed and numbered. There are only 50 in the series, this being 8/50. It is the first edition printed in Ireland. It is a rare work, none found available online or in galleries. The image measures 12.5″ x 15″.