Jason Bennett born 1974 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, grew up in Nassau, The Bahamas, in an artistic household. His mother is an artist and his father a musician. He studied art at The College of The Bahamas, and received his BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. He began a career in artistic shotcrete, carving and painting concrete to reproduce natural environments in zoos and aquariums. He resides in Washington State, where he spends much time outdoors experiencing nature in the mountains and the ocean. His work represents the continuous effects of the forces of nature that erode and reclaim everything back to cycle. Bennett has exhibited his works in various one-man and group shows in The Bahamas, Savannah Georgia, Washington DC and Paris.
While working in the Exumas, I rolled my sea kayak in front of several black Bahamian employees and coworkers, and the phrase “You ain’t no good black man” was stated. The idea that because of my skin colour I am not supposed to take part in activities that have been deemed “white people things” has always been a part of my life right up to today. As an avid skateboarder, surfer, kayaker and hiker, I have never had negative or discouraging statements about my presence from the predominantly white practitioners. The idea that we are supposed to be a certain way, do certain things, listen to certain types of music because of our ethnicities is always at the forefront for many people.Images of my lifestyle are plastered together like a billboard layered year after year with so many things that could be experienced, but looming in front is the idea that, as black people, we aren’t supposed to take part or risk being disloyal to our race. I want to show that any negative expectation of anyone by reason of race is someone’s idea and only that, an idea. You can still live your life your way.