About the Artist
Lloyd Bennett is an artist living in the interior of British Columbia, Canada - in Kamloops. With plenty of natural landscapes around the area, Lloyd was naturally drawn to Wells Gray Provincial Park for this artwork.
2018 marked the one hundred thirty third year of the first Canadian National Park at Banff, which originated 44 national parks and numerous regional parks across the provinces.
Dr. Lloyd Bennett is an Associate professor at Thompson Rivers University.
It was from these parks that Canadians came to know their country through visits and the interpretation of the country’s artists. My mission has been to visit the parklands in western Canada, from the Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, near my hometown of Moose Jaw, to the many years painting in the vast Wells Gray Park in British Columbia. From the hundreds of plein air sketches to the numerous studio oils, I have put together a collection of some 50 works that show the beauty and pictorial focus of prospects from these parklands.
The works begin in 1997 where I captured the first panel of the Osprey Falls from Wells Gray Park. This began a journey of exploration that covered three provinces over four decades. The works focus on material from Wells Gray Provincial Park, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Grasslands National Park, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park and the Roche Percée Historical Site.
While these works remain extant records of the visit to these parks, they also represent painterly developments from sketching views from prospects to abstract concerns aligned with the pursuit of the landscape motif.
The works are an attempt to make scenes into art that fixes a place beyond a record to something more transcendent-an art fashioned by the landscape.