John Bennett was designated Texas State Artist by the 81st Legislature of Texas in 2010. He began figural sculpting in 1976 and then casting his work in bronze in 1985. Since then he has continued to develop his God-given talent as an artist, exhibiting in juried art shows, museums, and galleries.
“I am deeply attracted to the culture of the early west and southwest, especially the beauty of the people and their performance in life and art. I see the romance in line and strength, balance and movement, and that’s what I pursue in my work. I strive for essentials, but enhance emotion. I love action and excitement in a subject, especially if the finished piece can project its own soul, beyond just an image frozen in space and time.”
Purchasers include the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, and the Women’s Museum in Dallas for exhibit in the White House in 1999, as part of the federal “Save America’s Treasures” project. Served as Judge for various art events, including “An Artistic Discovery”, the Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in 2010.
“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” – joint resolution of the Texas Legislature, 2009.