Ben was born and raised in Melbourne. At age fourteen, he took art lessons from Bill Coleman at the George Bell School. He won a scholarship to study painting and drawing at the National Gallery Art School. Ben has lived, painted and taught art in Western Victoria for more than 40 years. His work is in private collections in Australia, Japan and The Netherlands.
'I've been painting for 50 years; I think I’m getting the hang of it.’ - Ben Fennessy
Nature has been the constant artistic inspiration throughout my fifty years of painting, drawing and printmaking. Having lived in Western Victoria for most of my adult life, I love this local landscape – from the ancient volcanic plains to the coast; Budj Bim to Deen Maar; Mt Elephant to Tower Hill, and the many waterways in-between.
I have been exhibiting my work since 1972, when I completed Fine Art studies at the National Gallery Art School, Melbourne. Further studies were completed in 1982 at (the renamed) Victorian College the Arts.
Solo and group exhibitions have been held in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Lorne, Queenscliff, Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Mildura, Gold Coast and Torino & Genoa, Italy.
My work is in private collections in Australia, Japan and The Netherlands.