|Artist||Bennett, Philomene Dosek (American, b. 1935)|
|Technique||Oil on canvas|
|Credit line||Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum|
The cofounder of the Kansas City Artists Coalition and former art editor of Helcion Nine, Bennett has played an active role in the Kansas City art scene for nearly four decades. She has been a visiting and adjunct professor at Kansas City Art Institute and lectured at museums and art departments at college campuses around the country for many years. A graduate of the University of Nebraska and recipient of its Achievement Award for the class of 1956, Bennett continues her reputation as a prolific artist and advocate for the arts in Kansas City.
Her work is included in the collections of The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Prominent corporate collections such as Hallmark, Incorporated and Prudential Life Insurance also include her work in their prestigious collections.
Reminiscent of Motherwell’s famous Elegy series, this mostly white and black work with its oval imagery contains the gestural markings commonly seen in the works of the Abstract Expressionists. These markings convey the spontaneity of Bennett’s work. The auras surrounding the oval symbols add an element of spirituality often found in her early works.