Originally trained as a dancer, Austin Bennett was a member of the Royal Ballet Company with whom he performed solo and principal roles. Following a knee injury he worked within EMI’s music operations for sixteen years and was Managing Director of World Records, Ltd., one of their subsidiary companies, when he left to pursue an entirely different career in 1982. An enthusiast of the arts in general he was already a keen sculptor when he moved from London to Shropshire to concentrate on his work in this field. Controlled, figurative commissions apart, the main thrust of his work has always centred upon a free interpretation of the human form where suggestion and emphasis, rather than strict representation, have been the motivation. His sculptures are usually cast in bronze.
Over the years his work has been exhibited at galleries in the UK and abroad and examples of his work are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Opera House, Harewood House and the Victoria and Albert Museum amongst others. His bust of Viscount Bearstead, commissioned by Shell International, was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen as part of their centenary celebrations.
A great enthusiast of the Working Border Collie, Bennett used to compete regularly in sheepdog trials at National level and he appeared on the BBC’s television programme, ‘One Man and His Dog’ in 2001. He is well known in sheepdog circles for his writing on the subject and is the author of ‘One Man’s Way’, a selection of his many interviews with top sheepdog handlers.
Information regarding dimensions, price and availability of the sculptures shown on this website, or enquiries regarding commissioned works, can be obtained from the sculptor at email@example.com or on 01588 650679.
Special thanks to Paul Howell for his photograph of Flint Piece Shining on the Home Page