20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Michael Bennett 1934 - 2016

23rd October, 2016

Mike at his retrospective in 2013 Mike at his retrospective in 2013

Please accept our apologies for two emails in three days, but this second one bears the sad news that after a struggle with illness over the past year, Mike Bennett, a long standing artist with Castlegate, passed away on Wednesday.

Mike, was born in Windermere and after travels around the UK, ended up, together with wife and fellow artist June, settling in Port Carlisle.

When we took over the reins of the gallery in 2012, Mike and June were two of a small number of artists that we continued working with from the prior period. Their work was very different from each other, but had equally dedicated collectors; it was an easy decision, backed up by the fact that we personally owned work by both.

Mike was a tremendously talented artist. Inventive and at the forefront of contemporary abstract art in the 1960s, showing alongside Hockney and Freud, his work took a different route in coming decades, often bringing forth small gem-like works, with meanings and messages there for the viewer to interpret in their own way.

In September 2013 we held a major retrospective of Mike’s work, from the 1950s to the present day. Over five decades of artistic achievement filled the walls of the gallery. It was wonderful, and I’m so glad we worked with Mike to achieve the success it deserved to be, for no better reason than as a recognition of Mike’s talent and journey.

We consider ourselves privileged to have known both Mike and his late wife June, who sadly passed away in 2013. He was a true gentleman and a wonderful artist, and we, amongst countless others, will miss him greatly.

Steve and Christine