Born in 1968, James Bentley studied illustration & design at Dawson College in Montreal and then furthered his studies at the Illustration Academy in Liberty, Missouri, USA. He also took drawing classes at Saidie Bronfman Centre in Montreal.
For James Bentley, It’s the possibilities in seeing that interests him. With each subject, he tries to paint as honestly as he can, to paint what he is looking at, to understand what seeing really is. Although the individual features of the face are important, it is a matter of trying to see what’s beneath the surface: to see the whole structure fitting together in space. This requires both a connection to and a degree of detachment from the subject.
This reaction becomes the Painting.