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University Halls and Rainswept Maples

© the artist. Photo credit: Brunel University London Arts Collection

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The artist was inspired to paint this work by the movement of the wind in the trees in contrast to the stillness of the University campus at night. He set up his easel by one of the University Arts Centre's windows and painted this view over several evenings. His only light source for painting was an anglepoise lamp directed at his canvas and palette – use of other lighting would have made his view through the window impossible. Bennett was lucky that similar light and weather conditions outside repeated themselves until he completed the painting. The fluorescent lighting from the students' halls of residence, and the urban lighting which turned the sky a deep maroon, inspired the colour range and use of shadows.

Brunel University London





oil on canvas


H 106.5 x W 134 cm

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gift from the artist

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Brunel University London

Brunel University Arts Centre, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, London, Greater London UB8 3PH England

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