Julie Bennett lives and works in London.

Julie Bennett in her studio

Julie Bennett in her studio

Bennett creates distinctive gestural portraits that allow her to examine in paint her fascination with the human face. Led by the process of painting she distorts the reality of the features to give her subjects an emotional charge as she considers the individual within a society increasingly driven by celebrity culture.

Her works have featured in various publications ranging from Londonist (2013), The Guardian (2011), The Independent, (2008), Evening Standard (2007) to Stylist (2011).

Bennett has exhibited solo and in various group exhibitions. UK exhibitions include those at A-side B-side Gallery (2015), Deptford X Festival (2013), Griffin Gallery (2012), Victoria and Albert Museum (2010), Sartorial Gallery (2009), Saatchi online (2008) and Transition Gallery (2008).


2011 Painting BA (Hons) (2.1) Camberwell College Of Arts, London
2007 Fine Art BTEC HNC (Distinction) Kensington & Chelsea College, London
1997 Graphic Design BA (Hons) (2.1) Camberwell College Of Art, London
1994 Foundation (Distinction) Camberwell College Of Art, London

Awards and commissions

2018 Commission: Trashouse Films
2014 Commission: ActionAid at the Global Summit, End Sexual Violence in Conflict
2011 Finalist: The Signature Art Awards 2011
2010 Prizewinner: Strata London
2010 First prize: Oscar Wilde’s Arrest Tribute
2008 Shortlisted: Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Award
2007 Shortlisted: The National Open Art Competition


2013 Repre Residency DegreeArt Gallery, Vyner St, London. Created a series of paintings inspired by east London hipsters to explore the themes of identity and representation


Music Makers - Joint exhibition with Gerald O'Dowd, Hackney Picturehouse, London (Apr)
Dulwich Open House, 125 Court Lane, London (May)

Strong and Stable, South London Women Artists, Asylum Chapel, London (Nov)
Secret Charter, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (Oct)
Artists' Open Studio, Space Studios, Haymerle Road, London (Sep)
Silence is Over, South London Women Artists, Portico Gallery, London (Jun)
Summer Exhibition, Sydenham Arts Festival, Lovely Gallery, London (Jun-Jul)
Dulwich Village Easter Egg Hunt, London (Mar-Apr)
Mum Before Me, Jeannie Avent, London (Mar)

Portrait 17, Degree Art, London (Jun-Jul)

London Punk Revisited, 1of1 Design, 80 High Street, Teddington, London (Oct-Nov)
Artists' Open Studio, Space Studios, Haymerle Road, London (Oct)
Mum Before Me, Nunhead Art Trail, 24 Homeleigh Road, London (Sep)
Dulwich Open House,  125 Court Lane,  London (May)

London, New York, Paris Munich…, A-side B-side Gallery, London (Sep)
Finders Keepers Losers Weepers, South London Women Artists, Conway Hall, London (Catalogue) (Jan-Feb)
Repre LDN--->NYC, Tugboat Tea Company, Brooklyn, USA (Jan)
Red X Mas, Studio 1.1, London (Jan)

Red X Mas, Studio 1.1, London (Dec)
Finders Keepers Losers Weepers, South London Women Artists, Conway Hall, London (Catalogue) (Nov-Dec)
Repre LDN--->NYC, Tugboat Tea Company, Brooklyn, USA (Nov-Dec)

Matter1010, Exchange Tower, London (Oct)
South London Salon, Deptford X Festival, London (Sep-Oct)
From The Archive, Hide Gallery, London (Sep)
I Love You Because, A-side B-side Gallery, London (Jul-Aug)
Repre Residency, Degree Art, London (Jul-Sep)
Dulwich Open House,  182/4 Court Lane,  London (May)
Repre 2, Silwex Studios, London (Apr)
South London Women Artists, - Co-Curated, 47/49 Tanner Street, London (Mar)
Cara A Cara, Go Figurative, Bermondsey Project Space 2, Mile End Art Pavillion, 3Space, London (Jan- Feb)

Surface, Griffin Gallery, London (Apr-Jun)
Repre 1, Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (May)
Dulwich Open House,  125 Court Lane,  London (May)

Signature Art Award 2011, Degree Art, London (Aug)

40th Anniversary of Page 3, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Dec)
400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall, London (Nov- Dec)
Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London (Oct-Nov)
The Summer Exhibition SE1, Vitrine Gallery, London (Jul-Sep)
Dulwich Open House, 182/4 Court Lane, London (May)
Cut, Biscuit Factory, London (May)
South London Women Artists, Bankside Gallery, London (Apr-May)
Girls at Camberwell, Funky Munky Arts Bar, London (April)
South London Women Artists, Dulwich Library, London (May)
New Year, New Danger, High Rollers Society, London (Jan-Feb)

Waiting Room - Solo Show, Platform 1 Gallery, London (Dec)
Girls at Gold, Goldsmiths College Gallery, London (Nov-Dec)
Fifthyears - Five Years Celebration, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (Oct)
South London Women Artists, Dulwich Library, London (Mar)
Dulwich Open House, Jews Walk, London (May)

Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London (Dec)
Remember My Name, Sartorial Gallery, London (Oct-Nov)
Parallel Lives - Solo Show, Sassoon Gallery, London (July)
Blank Canvas, Pollocks London, London (July)
Up Close and Personal, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (Jun)
Ode to Sartorial, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (May)
Dulwich Open House, William Angel Gallery, London (May)
Opening Show, William Angel Gallery, London (Mar)
Affordable Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London (Mar)
Saatchi Online Gallery, FORM Art Fair, London (Feb)
The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London (Jan)

Notting Heaven, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (Dec)
Opening Show, Read & Booth Gallery, London (Dec)
The Christmas Art Show, Scope Gallery, London (Nov-Dec)
Chichester Open, The Minerva Theatre, Chichester (Nov)
Thurston Revival, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (Aug)



2018 Dulwich OnView - Strong and Stable (13 Nov)
2018 Folkestone Art Society - 4 paged interview (Apr)
2018 The Dulwich Diverter - Mum Before Me (Mar/Apr) 
2018 Around Dulwich - Mother’s Day Portrait Competition (18 Feb)
2016 The Dulwich Diverter - Dulwich Open House (May/June)
2015 Dulwich OnView - Mother's Day judging (12 Mar)
2013 FAD, GO SEE: The Repre Takeover @DegreeArt (22 Aug)
2013 Londonist, An Artist Collective Takes Over Degree Art (6 Aug)
2013 Dulwich & South London Press, Facing up to Help a Country’s Street Kids (15 Feb)
2012 Living South, Mum’s pretty as a picture (Mar)
2011 Artfridge, London: Camberwell Undergraduate Degree Show
2011 Oremus Westminster Cathedral Magazine - Born To Be Famous (Jul/Aug)
2011 TNT Magazine, Instant Art Buff (Jul)
2011 Stylist, A Knitted Blue Tit... (Jun)
2011, It’s Summer and so it’s Showtime (Jun)
2010/11 Cadogan News - Oscar Wilde (Winter)
2010 The Sun, Under the Page 3 Hammer (15 Dec)
2010 Londonist - 400 Women (12 Nov)
2010 East London Lines, ‘400 Women’ exhibition opens in Shoreditch (12 Nov)
2010 Less Common|More Sense - Johnny (Sep)
2010 Travel Trade Gazette, Remembering Oscar Wilde on anniversary of his arrest (Apr)
2010 Living South, Editor’s Choice (Mar)
2010 Arts London News, Painting a Great Future (12 Feb)
2009 Little London Observationist - Interview (22 Nov)
2009 Southwark Weekender, Celebrating Women (Mar)
2009 South London Women Artists - Interview (Mar)
2008 Evening Standard, My Peckham Street Cred is Over (17 Jul)
2008 Dulwich OnView - Up Close and Personal exhibition (7 Jul)
2008 The Independent, Vinyl countdown: 2007 was a vintage year for album cover art (14 Jan)
2007 The Rebel - Social Class (Dec)
2007 Evening Standard, Join the £100 Club (24 Aug)
2007 The Sunday Times, Single Combat (12 Aug)
2007 Artists and Illustrators Magazine, STUart (Apr)
2006 The Independent, Saatchi’s New Stars (30 Nov)


2017 Artist Talk Portrait 17, Degree Art, London (Jul)
2015 Being an artist, SPACE studios, London (teenages) (Nov)
2013 Panel Discussion with Repre Artists, DegreeArt Gallery, Vyner St, London (Aug)
2009 Where Are All The Women In Art? Goldsmiths College, London (Dec)
2007 Inspiration, Southbank International School, London (10 -11 yrs) (Feb)


Film and TV

2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation, Vox-pop at End Sexual Violence in Conflict (Jun)
2010 BBC Bitesize, 6 short films on painting : Preparing a surface | Brushes | Colour palette | Colour mixing | Mixing skin tone | Painting a portrait (May)



2019 Folkestone Art Society - 3-hour masterclass in portrait oil painting (Aug)
2013 Doopodoopo Gallery -  A six week course ‘Introduction to oil painting’ (Jun)
2013 DegreeArt Gallery, as part of the Repre residency -  A two hour lesson ‘Introduction to oil painting' (Aug)


Internships and assisting

2011 Cartoon Museum, London - classroom assistant (Apr)
2010 Hew Locke - artist assistant installing exhibition 'The Nameless’ at Hales Gallery, London (Aug)



2019-2012 Rigby & Mac, Mother's day portrait competition (Mar)



Private collections in the UK and Brazil

Portraits at Strata

Portraits at Strata