‘Big Pink Bum’ – A signed, limited edition silkscreen print by Lucie Bennett, 2020.
Best known for her provocative portraits of women, London-based British artist Lucie Bennett explores female identity and sexuality using simple, elegantly applied lines and block colour forms to create distinctive, timeless pieces. The largest of the works, ‘Big Pink Bum’ is an ode to the derriere. Taking her inspiration from Claes Oldenburg’s larger than life sculptures of everyday objects and Helmut Newton’s ‘Big Nude’ portraits, Bennett wanted to present a piece that had a sense of power whilst retaining an element of fun. Large in scale, its dominating nature references the resurgence of the female endorsed penchant for a large bottom with women in recent years; a part of her body she may have previously regarded as contentious. The simple, bold graphic lines become almost abstract when presented at such a considerable size, as Bennett again plays with obscurity.