Douglas Bentham is a senior Canadian sculptor who has been practising abstract constructivism for over forty years. His major influences include sculptors David Smith and Sir Anthony Caro, having worked alongside Caro at the prestigious Emma Lake Artist Workshops in Saskatchewan at a formative time in his career. While formally his work flows out of the Modernist tradition, each individual series alludes to something more specific, often found in nature or literature. Bentham's sculptures are typically composed of stainless or corten steel although he regularly experiments with other materials including wood, brass and bronze. Of particular interest to Bentham is the tactility of his materials, which are locally sourced from metal dealers. He lets the character of the metal guide the direction and inspiration for his works.
Douglas Bentham was born in 1947 in Saskatchewan, where he continues to live and work. His sculptures have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Europe. Bentham has completed several public commissions including for the Rogers Place Arena, in Edmonton, AB; the University of Western Ontario, London, ON; and the city of Saskatoon, SK. His sculptures are included in public collections throughout Canada, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario; the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick; the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Confederation Art Centre, Prince Edward Island.