Eternal Return by Douglas Bentham
Eternal Return, 1991
steel, rust and paint
96” x 65” x 34”
13th Street Winery Permanent Collection since 2018
Douglas Bentham’s Eternal sculptures embrace notions of time through an interplay of openness and containment, and the constant flux of light and dark that plays across their surfaces. The repetitive nature of the varying, box-like elements, with their tilted floors and ceilings, creates a state of arrested time as a myriad of gestures are coalesced within a single moment.
About Bentham’s Work:
Bentham is a sculptor whose interests lie in structure, materials, forms and nature. He welds non-objective constructions out of factory and weathered sections of steel. The stiff, static inherent qualities of steel are juxtaposed with the rhythm and lightness of the lines he creates using positive and negative shapes. His sculptures directly relate to their environment; he lets the weather rust the steel. Over the years he has used brass, bronze and copper as a means of expanding his vocabulary. Steel has a tendency to absorb and hold light; brass has the unique ability to absorb light and give it back – forever changing under different conditions.
About The Artist:
Douglas Bentham was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, in 1947. He lives and works in a rural setting near Saskatoon, SK. Bentham studied Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan from 1964-68 and attended artists workshops at Emma Lake in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1969 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1989 from the University of Saskatchewan. He has sculpted since 1968 and was an assistant of Antony Caro in 1977.