Carol Bennett

“I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…I am intrigued by the innate nature of different types of materials and the nature of things.” - Carol Bennett

Carol  Bennett

Carol Bennett

Carol Bennett Biography


Carol has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout US.   Her work is in the permanent collection of The Contemporary Museum, and Academy of the Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has completed over 100 public art and corporate commissions.

She lives and works in Koloa, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Carol Bennett Description


Carol Bennett’s paintings and works on paper are a poetic retreat from ordinary life, and an immersion in life below the surface – or specifically, as in her subject matter, below the surface of the ocean.

She takes the viewer underwater for a meditative journey where she seeks to find a state of being in “flow” – the suspension of self and of life as usual to a place where time slows down and the unexpected floats to the surface. For Bennett, in the way, the act of swimming underwater is similar to the process of painting.

Bennett’s approach results in multi-layered surfaces that are intricate, textured and unpredictable. She is constantly experimenting with her pieces: adding, subtracting, sanding and recoating. She experiments with various media, methods and materials combining ink, paint, mica and wax on wood and other surfaces to create images that are of the moment and unique to each piece.

Like the multiple layers that evolve into completed works, Bennett is inspired by the various ever-changing, interconnected details of her life and how they come together and affect the “big picture.” By revisiting these details, her artwork constantly reinvents itself.



Carol Bennett Resumé

Carol Bennett Solo and Group Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions   

2018    Networking and Water, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

2010    Current Motion, Elisa Contemporary Art curated exhibit at Saint Peters Church, NYC

2008    Flow, New Works, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI

            One thing leads to Another, Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI

2006    Art at The Bean, Kauai Hawaii, curated by Alison Wong of the Contemporary Museum, HI

1996    Carol Bennett / Wayne Zebzda , Roy’s Poipu, Kauai, HI

1993    Waters’ edge, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

1991    Work in progress, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1990    Recent paintings and works on paper, Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988    New Works, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1985    Recent Works, Roark, Los Angeles, CA

1983    Summer Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1982    Underwater Colors, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    Surfing Hawaii, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Hawaii, HI

            Making Waves, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

            Men, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

            Her Window to the World, Elisa Contemporary Art, CT

2017    Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art

2016    Aqua Art Miami, Elisa Contemporary Art

            Dive In, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

            Pulp Fiction, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

2015    Immersion, Elisa Contemporary Art at The Design Studio, Bridgehampton NY

            Hamptons Designer Showhouse, Sag Harbor, NY

2014    Elisa Contemporary Art at Aqua Art Miami, Miami FL

            Pacific Swim, Elisa Contemporary Art at New York Design Center, NY

2013    Westchester Designer Showhouse, Scarsdale, NY

2012    Strength and Grace, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

2011    Swimming in Colour, Eisenhauer Gallery, MA

            Splash, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY, NY

2010    Embody, Elizabeth Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2008-9  Holiday Show 08, Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI

2008     ConTempoRarities, Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, HI

2006    Exhibition of Public Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2005    Summertime, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2005    Reflecting Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2004    Academy of the Arts at Line Kuna, 15 Kauai Artists, Honolulu, HI.

1999-2002 KSA annual, Lihue, Kauai State Foundation purchase award

1998    Kauai Artists, Kinipopo Gallery, Kapaa, HI.

1996    Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

1995    Kauai Museum, KSA. Show, Lihue, HI.

1993    Islanded, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

            Kauai Society of Artists Invitational, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI.

1991    Kauai Museum, KSA. Show, Lihue , HI. State Foundation Purchase Award

            Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

            American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1988    Toluca Group Show, Toluca Lake Gallery, Burbank, CA.

            Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI.

            Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI

            American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

            Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

            28 Ways to Love, Mohair, Pasadena, CA.

1987    Stones Print Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1986    Toluca Lake, Burbank, CA.

1983    Valentines Day Show, Frameshack Warehouse, Honolulu, HI

            Monoprints, Art Space, Los Angeles, CA.

1982    Signs 1983, Invitational, AMFAC Plaza Exhibitions, Honolulu, HI

            Stones’ Summer Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

            Women’s’ Show, Kauai State Building, Lihue, HI

1978    Hollywood, Cedar Sinai Hospital Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1974    KSA Show, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI


Selected Commissions

Over 100 Public and Corporate commissions from 1978 – 2012

  • Trigger Picasso Energy, 48 ft x 8 foot hand-painted colored vitreous enamels fired on float glass with gold leaf and photovoltaic solar cells, at the Hawaii State Art Museum, 2012

  • Sculpture Garden, HI. Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2010- 2012

  • Water: A Point of Departure, two acrylic on recycled sails paintings (triptych and polytych), 8 ft. x 26 ft. and 8 ft. x 52 ft.  Installed in Foyer and Passenger Queuing at Pier 2 Terminal, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, HI.   Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2008- 2009


Selected Collections

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.

Persis Collection, Honolulu, HI.

Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

Art in Public Places, Honolulu HI.

Kauai Judiciary Building

Honolulu Convention Center, Oahu, HI.

Honolulu International Airport, Oahu, HI .

Hadafi Hotel, Saipan,

Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills , CA.

Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.,

Nairobi Hilton, Kenya, Africa

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT.


1978 B.A. Art Center College of Design , Los Angeles, CA.

1974 B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara , College of Creative Studies

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