John Bennett began figural sculpting thirty-eight years ago and has his work cast in bronze since 1985. Since then he has continued to develop his God-given talent as an artist, exhibiting in juried art shows, galleries, and museums. John Bennett was designated Texas State Artist by the Texas Legislature in 2010. John is a fourth-generation Texan and has been a resident of Fredericksburg with his wife Cathy since 2006.
“My most significant exposure to art in early life was at Fair Park in Dallas, which has the largest collection of 1930’s Art Deco architecture in the United States and includes numerous Art Deco sculptures, reliefs, and murals. Each year there, I attended the State Fair of Texas, with field trips to the museums, and family gatherings, and am still impressed and influenced by the art and style from the 1930s. The Hollywood cowboys I grew up watching as a kid also inspired me, along with rodeo and wild west show performers. I still remember seeing Hopalong Cassidy ride his horse around the Cotton Bowl field at Fair Park. I love action and excitement in a subject but I’m really happy if the finished piece can project its own movement, connecting emotion and soul – something far beyond an image freeze-dried in time and space.”
“…acclaimed for his sculptures of women, he has created works depicting women from all walks of life, from Old West legend Annie Oakley to 98-year-old Alice Reeves, a former schoolteacher and granddaughter of a slave; one of his pieces was selected by the Women’s Museum for display at the White House in 1999” – resolution by the Texas Legislature, 2009.