Biography

Timeline
1961 Aldershot, Hampshire
1981 Weston Technical College (Foundation course)
1985 Exeter College of Art & Design
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Degree
2010 Full time Painter
Lives in Blagdon near Bristol
2009 Elected Royal West of England Academician
Awards
2009 Elected RWA
2008 1st & 2nd Prize Viewers Choice Award
156th Autumn Exhibition, RWA
2007 Daler Rowney Oil Painting Prize
155th Autumn Exhibition, RWA
2007 1st Prize, Annual Exhibition
Royal Bath & West Show
Solo Exhibitions
2018 Martin Bentham RWA – Latest Paintings
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
2014 Martin Bentham RWA – Paintings
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
2012 ‘COLOUR & TEXTURE’: Martin Bentham RWA
Royal West of England Academy
2011 MARTIN BENTHAM RWA The Art Room
Topsham, Exeter
2010 MARTIN BENTHAM RWA,’Recent Work’.
NEW GALLERY at Royal West of England
2008 *Recent Paintings
2006 *Recent Paintings
1999 *Recent Paintings by Martin Bentham
1997 *Recent Paintings & Drawings
1995 *Paintings & Drawings of Mendip
1993 *Mendip Paintings
*The above Exhibitions were held at Barn House, Blagdon, Bristol
Mixed Exhibitions
2017 165th Autumn Exhibition,  RWA, Bristol
2016 164th Autumn Exhibition,  RWA, Bristol
‘FROM MOOR TO SEA’ (exhibition: 12th July – 29th August)
The Brook Gallery, 1 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, EX1 1QT
2015 163rd Autumn Exhibition,  RWA, Bristol
‘Arboretum’
, RWA, Bristol
2014 162nd Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
‘Arboretum’, RWA, Bristol
2013 In Celebration of The Royal Charter 1913 – 2013, RWA, Bristol
The Royal Collection,
Windsor
Bath Society of Artists 108th Annual Exhibition, 
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
161st Autumn Exhibition,
RWA, Bristol
Wells Art Contemporary, 2nd Exhibition, Wells Museum, Wells
Autumn Exhibition,
The Richard Hagen Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire
Still Life
: Martin Bentham RWA; Robert Organ; Christopher Garratt. The Art Room, Topsham
2012 Bath Society of Artists 107th Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
160th Autumn Exhibition
, RWA, Bristol
The 23rd Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset
2011 Bath Society of Artists 106th Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
159th Autumn Exhibition
, RWA, Bristol
2010 158th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2009 157th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
The 21st Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset
Annual Exhibition, Royal Bath & West Show, Somerset
2008 156th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
The 20th Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset
Cowleigh Gallery & Malvern Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire
Emporium Art Exhibition, Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Pill, Bristol
2007 155th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Cowleigh Gallery and Malvern Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire
The 19th Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset
Bristol Cancer Help Centre, Grove House, Clifton, Bristol
2005 Centenary Exhibition, Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
2004 Friends Greater Bristol Foundation, Butcombe Court, Redhill,Bristol
2002 7th – 15th Paintings, Bourne Studio, Blagdon, Bristol
2000 148th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
1996 Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern, Worcestershire
Annual Exhibition, Royal Bath & West Show, Somerset
1995 143rd Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
1994 142nd Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Millfield Open Art, Street, Somerset
1993 John Laing Exhibition, Mall Galleries, LondonTouring to Bristol Cathedral, Bristol
141st Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern, Worcestershire
1992 140th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
1991 139th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Brewhouse Open Art, Taunton, Somerset
1990 138th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
1989 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
137th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Brewhouse Open Art, Taunton, Somerset
Millfield Open Art, Street, Somerset
1988 136th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
Brewhouse Open Art, Taunton, Somerset
1987 135th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
1986 Natural World, Mendip Painting Centre, Rickford, Bristol
1985 Enmasse, Exeter University, Exeter
Other
2015 FRWA Lecture & Oil Painting Demonstration, Fedden Gallery, RWA, Bristol
Broadcasts, Accolades and Articles
1996 BBC Radio 4, Tony Staveacre
1999 BBC Radio 4, Helen Reed
Article Somerset Magazine Vol 9 No.4
Article Mendip and North Somerset Magazine Issue No. 1
Mendip Hills Landscape Assessment, Countryside Commission (1998)
2005 Article, Mendip Times Vol. 1 Issue 1
2006 Article, Broadleaf Woodland Trust No.66
2007 Article, Mendip Times Vol. 3 Issue 6
2008 Article, The Countryman Vol. 114 No.6
The Lifelines Project Publication
2010 Artist Profile by Peter Davies, RWA Friends Magazine, Issue 52
Martin Bentham RWA Catalogue
2011 Article, East Devon Coast & Country. Autumn Edition 2011
2012 Article, The Weekend. The Post. Issue 19
Article, Western Daily Press. September 28th 2012
Article Mendip Times Vol. 8 Issue 4
What’s on at RWA. RWA Art Magazine Vol. 10
Exhibition Tour & Talk at RWA Sat 6th October
Who’s Who in Art 36th Edition by Lynda Murray, Morven Press.