Douglas Bentham: Still Life

October 10 - November 2, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 6-8pm


Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures by Douglas Bentham. The exhibition will open on October 10th and run until November 2nd with an opening reception on Thursday, October 10th from 6 to 8 pm.


Douglas Bentham is a senior Canadian sculptor who has been practicing abstract constructivism for over forty years. His major influences include sculptors David Smith and Sir Anthony Caro, having worked alongside Caro at the Emma Lake Artist Workshops in Saskatchewan at a formative time in his career. While formally his work flows out of the modernist tradition, each 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 or bronze. Of particular interest 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. Still Life is Bentham’s inaugural exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery.


In the Still Life series, each sculpture is created from distinct shapes that are typical of those found in both utilitarian and ornamental brass and bronze. I began this series in direct response to the materials at hand. Decorative figures and vessels are combined with planes and rods, each composition unique and occupying its own space - similar to how a still life becomes its own microcosm, established within a specific time and place.I often reference a historic artist’s work by emphasizing a certain motif that feels familiar. It is a way of expressing my gratitude for their influence on my work, and for their contribution to the ‘onward’ of art, in which I remain immersed.

– Douglas Bentham


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. 


For more information on the artist, click here.