Bentham was born in Aldershot in 1961, the son of an architect. Martin
studied at Exeter College of Art & Design and gained a fine art
degree, inspired by Clifford Fishwick, Mike Gorman, Nick Gray and Mike
Bentham: Honeysuckle September 2010
tutors noted his ability with illustration which developed into “an
affectionately-observed rural realism that balances his compositional
structure.” Works like “Winter Rain, Ridge Farm” and “Farmers Market,
Wells” with architectural, figurative, pastoral and still-life imagery
also tell an anecdotal story of everyday life.
Bentham: Marsh Orchids June 2009
Bentham: Walnuts on Slate II
has held successful biennial one man shows since 1993 and has exhibited
at a number of notable exhibitions including the Royal Academy and the
Royal West of England Academy.
Bentham: Hawthorns February 2011
was awarded the Daler-Rowney Oil Painting Prize in 2007 at the RWA
Autumn Exhibition and won the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2008
Martin Bentham was
elected an Academician of the RWA in January 2009.