The two disciplines are inextricably linked
but for the sake of clarity, they can be visited on two different pathways. Please choose the route you would like to take but feel free to go from one to the other.
You may find some interesting junctions!
Trailer of BOB BENTLEY - IN PERSPECTIVE
Bob Bentley is one of the UK’s visionary film makers. He went to the Royal College of Art Film & TV School, then learned much of his craft as a technician, travelling the world and working with amazing colleagues.
Then, after some years he won the BAFTA Best Short Film award with RECLUSE, his first film as a professional director. Subsequent work has been described as exquisite, intriguing, and beautifully crafted.
Bob informs with eloquence, exploring subjects as diverse as Hokusai’s Japan in THE GREAT WAVE to the killing fields of the American Civil War in THE BATTLE OF SHILOH. The American Indian Wars are also visited in THE BATTLE OF BIG HOLE. Both battles were re-enacted.
Most recently BALI VISIONS shows his interest and love for the visual and performance art of that wonderful island.
Full exhibition tour of BOB BENTLEY - IN PERSPECTIVE
Much of Bob’s visual art features in a book, charting the creative journey from his home town of Bideford in North Devon, to Brighton and then London. Explore his art in BOB BENTLEY - IN PERSPECTIVE, Artwork from 1962 to 2022. The book has a foreward by critic Richard Cork and is available for purchase in the SHOP section of this website.
the Günter Grass novel THE TIN DRUM a decision
to create etched illustrations - for the first and
Getting into sleepy interpretation there is
THE DREAM and an unsettling STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS narrative which sets up some disturbing images. THE MARTYRDOM OF FRANCIS BACON was followed by images created in SWEDEN and slightly later a response to the devastating THALIDOMIDE Big Pharma scandal.
After the ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART film School, the artwork developed alongside the film and TV career. Much of it drew from myths and legends, like RAPUNZEL and LEDA AND THE SWAN. Cross-over happened with a TV programme on Japanese artist Hokusai, inspiring MERMAID DREAMS.
Various work was influenced by travel to other countries while filming, like Japan and INDIA. The BALI influenced paintings and drawings came about in a different way, and a short film eventually emerged.
The coronavirus pandemic helped in the creation of LOCKDOWN, the final chapter in the book.
Apart from the book of Bob’s art, there are two other publications. THE PLEASURE OF ROPE is a companion piece to the feature documentary of the same name. SHUNGA+BIJINGA=EROTICA shows examples from his extensive collection of Japanese prints.