Updated: 25-jan-20
© Stephen Bennett 2000-2005
Princess Painting

Stephen Bennett has been painting portraits of pets for years. In 2015, he became very enthused painting portraits of race horses and jockeys.


August 22


Pacific Classic at
Del Mar Race Track


With Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens riding her to victory by over 8 lengths, Beholder became the first mare to win Del Mar’s $1million TVG Pacific Classic! This was Gary’s second Pacific Classic Win. After winning half the million dollar purse, he purchased his watercolor portrait, painted by Stephen Bennett (above left with Gary Stevens).


Watch Beholder’s historic race video


Left: Portrait painting of Princess.
Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 44 inches

Diamond Paddock Painting

August 20 to 23


Stephen Bennett’s Portraits,
“Horses and Jockeys”
Exhibition for Del Mar
Thoroughbred Club


With Stephen Bennett’s generous contribution to CARMA’s auction and fundraiser (see July 16 event below), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club invited him to display his colorful portraits of horses, jockies and painting of Diamond Paddock at the track’s entrance.


Reproductions of Triple Crown Glory (see July 16 below) were sold during the exhibit, along original watercolor portraits of famous jockies and horses.


The now famous jockey, Victor Epinoza actually purchased this grand painting of Diamond Paddock (at left) where the horses are displayed prior to each race at Del Mar.


Left: This vibrant, 72 x 48 inch painting of Diamond Paddock may become the program cover of Del Mar’s 2016 or 2017 Pacific Classic races. Stay tuned!

Triple Crown Glory Painting

Stephen Bennet and Victor Espinoza

Above: Stephen with Victor Espinoza at CARMA benefit in front of painting, “Triple Crown Glory” showing American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza Winning the Triple Crown!

July 16


CARMA Cares Fundraiser,
Chips All In


Above: This breathtaking, 48 x 72 inch painting (above) illustrated the triumphant moment that American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza won the Triple Crown 2015—a title that had not been won for 37 years!


Canvas was painted and donated by Stephen for auction at the 8th Annual CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser held on July 16, 2015. CARMA is a nonprofit that benefits “retired” California-born racehorses.


Del Mar Hilton, California

Artist at Studio Artist Exhibit Hotel Le Meridien, Tahiti


Stephen Bennet and Edouard Fitch

March 1 to April 30


Studio Artist Exhibit
Hotel Le Meridien, Tahiti


Portrait Artist, Stephen Bennett was invited by French Polynesia to display several portrait paintings from around the world during his two month residency in Papeete, at the Hotel Le Meridien.


This was Stephen’s second trip to French Polynesia. The first was in 2000 when Stephen lived for over a year on 3 different islands. His portrait paintings of 30 traditional people of French Polynesia islands were displayed at City Hall in Papeeté during their annual, week-long celebration, Haeva in July, 2000... an extra special event and year!


Stephen Bennett with Édouard Fitch
at Artist Workshop and Gallery
Le Meridien Hotel
Tahiti, French Polynesia

President, Édouard Fitch

April 15


Unveiling of portrait painting:
Édouard Fitch, President of
French Polynesia


During this visit, Stephen created a large portrait of Édouard Fitch, President of French Polynesia.


Artist Workshop and Gallery
Le Meridien Hotel
Tahiti, French Polynesia


Left: An incredible likeness of French
Polynesia’s President, Édouard Fitch.
40 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas

Portrait Workshop with 250 children

April 20


Portrait Workshop with
250 children in Papeeté, Tahiti

When Amanda and Stephen announced they wanted do a Portrait Workshop with some students at one school the news traveled fast throughout the tight community, and ended up becoming the largest class ever with 250 eager students attending.


Saint Hilaire School
Papeete, Tahiti


Watch video of Portrait Workshop, Tahiti

June 19 to August 3, 2014

Stephen Bennett Portrait Painter "Faces of Light" Portrait Exhibit

38 of Stephen Bennett's portraits will be on display at the Venetian Resort Hotel Macao

3rd floor Rotunda
Venetian Resort Hotel Macao
Macau, China
October 11 to October 14

Third Issue of "Indigenous People" Postage Stamps for the UNITED NATIONS at the USDA Stamp Show

Thursday, October 11
First Day of Issue / Meet the Artist
9am to 5pm

Friday, October 12
Reception at the UNITED NATIONS
Noon to 2pm

This will be the third and final issue/set of 18 postage stamps for the United Nations. All 3 series of stamps (54 stamps in all) feature Bennett's World Portraits exclusively. This year's issue contains 8 portraits created from his expedition to China (including Tibet), Mongolia and Japan.

October 11
ASDA Mega Event
New Yorker Hotel

October 12
New York, New York

September 7 to September 28

"Papua New Guinea To Tibet"

Artist's Reception
Thursday, September 13 • 6pm to 8pm

An exhibition of Bennett's World Portraits on display at Maumee Valley's Wolfe Gallery. This exhibit included portrait paintings from Papua New Guinea, China (including Tibet), Mongolia, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Bennett taught his Portrait Workshops daily to students during his stay as "Artist in Residence".

Wolfe Gallery
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Toledo, Ohio

June 22 to 28

Exhibition and Auction

Opening Reception
Friday, June 22 at 6pm

An exhibition of Stephen Bennett's original World Portraits and reproductions. The Auction was to raise money for the art department of a private school in Yelm, Washington. Bennett taught Portrait Workshops for 2 days during his visit there.

Phoenix School
Yelm, Washington

October 3 to November 11

Expedition to China (including Tibet), Japan and Mongolia

On behalf of the UNITED NATIONS Postal Administration's
Third Issue of "Indigenous People"

Stephen Bennett's World Portraits had been featured exclusively on 2 series of "Indigenous People" postage stamps for the United Nations. The sales were so robust, that in 2011, the UNPA requested that he do an expedition to Asia to capture interesting Indigenous and Traditional People for their third issue of these stamps.

Asian Continent and Japan

2010 - 2011
Decmeber 10 to March 15

Faces of the World Exhibit

Press Reception
Tuesday, January 11 from 1pm to 4pm

A large selection of Stephen Bennett's World Portraits-many of which are 7 x 5 feet will be on display.

East Gallery
Atlantis, The Palm

October 21 to November 19

"World Portraits Exhibit & United Nations Stamps"

Opening Reception
Friday, October 22 at 6:00pm

A selection of World Portraits-some of which appear on the latest Indigenous People series of 18 stamps produced by the UN Postal Administration for 2010 plus the 18 produced for 2009 will be on display.

Lobby Show Walls
133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

October 21

First Day of Issue - United Nations Postal Stamps

Thursday, October 21
from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Second Series of UN Postage Stamps issued that feature 18 of Stephen Bennett's World Portraits.

ASDA Mega Stamp Show
The New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY

November 12 to 28

"Uniting Through Faces"
A selection of portraits from January 2009 United Nations exhibit, New York.

Opening Reception
November 12th, 6:00pm

Repton Art Gallery
Nad Al Sheba 3 & 4
Dubai, UAE
Phone Number (Landline): +9714 426 9393
GPS Coordinates:
N25° 08.750'
E55° 22.626'

October 8

UNITED NATIONS Indigenous People Series of Stamps Featuring 18 World Portraits by Stephen Bennett

First Day of Issue & Meet the Artist
11am to 3pm • New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue, NYC

The United Nations Postal Administration is featuring Stephen Bennett's World Portraits for their 2009 Indigenous People postage stamps. The series of 18 stamps will be issued in 3 countries and 3 languages at the United Nations headquarters/offices located in Austria, Switzerland and the United States.

(Left) Sheet of 6 United Nations postage stamps specifically for the United States. All 18 stamps are available for purchase as of October 8 at all 3 UN locations. To see other designs, please click here.

May 2

9th Annual Spring Unveiling

172 N. Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Tel:503-436-0220, e-mail:pegallery@qwest.net

Group show: Stephen Bennett, Michael Berman, Alex Dzigurski

March 9 to March 12

"Uniting through Faces"

LAC Gallery
9490 Genesee Ave
La Jolla,CA 92037
Please contact (347) 232 8996 for more information.

(Left) Goggle Girl
Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 64 inches

March 8

NIKA Water Launch Party

Sunday, March 8, 4:00PM

Host: Jeff Church / NIKA Water
Location: La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 US
Phone: (858) 472-2064

Please join us to celebrate the launch of NIKA Water!

Stephen Bennett has donated his portraits to the NIKA label will also be at the launch together with some of his great artwork.

For more information about NIKA Water, please visit www.nikawater.org

January 5 to January 18

"Uniting through Faces"

Kindly sponsored by SEAT
Secretariat's lounge
United Nations
New York

October 18

The Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger

Launched by The Hunger Project
Hilton Hotel
New York, NY

October 8 to October 31

"South East Asia and Back"

Artist Reception
Tuesday Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30pm

The show in MV's Wolfe Gallery includes portrait paintings from Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and Morocco. This exhibit is a preview of his upcoming show FACE to FACE, Uniting Humanity, at the United Nations Visitor's Lobby, New York in Aug. 2009.

Wolfe Gallery
Toledo, OH
Open Weekdays 8:30-5:30 pm
Contact: 917.238.1173 and 718.389.9210 or 419.517.3802

(Left) "Bario Baseball" 80 x 64 inches , Acrylic on Canvas, Sarawak 2006

September 12 to October 7

Between Worlds: PTSD and Other Effects of War
A Group Art Exhibition

Artist Reception
September 12th: 6-8pm

The group includes Mario Verta, Stephen Bennett, Rita Leistner, M.J. Alhabeeb, Anastasia Nelson, Davis Scott Woodard, Terry Mahy and Ernie Velasco.

Chancellor's International House - Davis
10 College Park
Davis, CA

(Left) PNG, WWII Veteran

July 18 to August 15

"Friends and Family: Portraits"

Artist Reception
Friday, July 18th: 5-9pm and
Saturday, July 19th: 4-6pm

Stephen Bennett will show 12 images of his "Faces of the World" series.

Red Bluff Art Gallery
516 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

View Press Release

(Left) 100 Mile Smile

July 10 to July 13

"Our People Our Culture"

Lecture and Exhibition
Orang Ulu House,
Sarawak Cultural Village, Malaysia
Curated by Irene Lim Ai Soik
Sponsored by the Sarawak Tourism Board

(Left) Longboat to Longhouse

May 1st to June 12th

Stephen Bennett:
One Man Show

Curator: L.L. Powers
Sponsor: The Durst Organization

Conde Nast
4 Times Square @ 42nd Street
New York,NY

Read the L.L. Powers Review

(Left) Baby Powder Flower Power
Papua New Guinea
80 x 64 inches
Acrylic on canvas
April 2008

March 1st to May 1st

"Face Out"

Highlighting the progress made by the Australian government towards the recognition and apology to the Stolen Generation

299 Bedford Avenue,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(347) 232-8996

(Left) "Drinking Camp"
Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 64 inches,
Katherine, Australia. 2004.

May 8th to May 11th

Join Stephen and Soaringwords in New Orleans as we connect with hundreds of children and families that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

For more information please go to www.soaringwords.org

March 14

Stephen Bennett:
One Man Show

Artist Reception
Thursday, Thursday March 20th

Lobby Gallery
1155 Avenue of the Americas
(between 44th and 45th Street)
New York

Curator: L.L. Powers
Sponsor: The Durst Organization

View Invite

(Left) "Beach Baby"
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 64 inches

November 15 to December 16

FACE to FACE, Uniting Humanity

Artist Reception
Thursday, November 15
6pm to 9pm

An exhibit of Stephen Bennett's large-scale (5'x7') portraits of indigenous peoples. This previews an exhibit to be featured at the United Nations in 2008. To encourage corporate sponsorship to benefit Faces of the World Inc. a non profit educational organization.

At the James Gray Gallery until December 16.
For location and hours please visit:

(Above) A Berber Shepherd along the roadside on the way to Ouarzazate. (Right) Mint tea and melon for breakfast at the Berber camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi before travelling back to Rissani

September 11th to October 4th

Toured the Erg Chebbi Dunes, Atlas Mountains, and surrounding countryside of Morocco, North Africa.

Read more about Stephen’s trip to New Orleans at the Soaringwords organization website.

August 21

Montifiore Hospital, New York. Stephen and his team help create colourful portraits and more importantly, “Soaring Smiles”, in many wards at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore during workshops held there.

July 19 to October 19

“Into Their Eyes” Portrait
Painting Exhibit

Meet the Artist Reception
Friday, August 10 - 6pm to 8pm
At Planet Thailand, 133 North 7th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn until August 31.

This exhibit celebrates International Day for the Worlds Indigenous People being held at the United Nations Headquarters.

July 1 to August 31

Exhibit of Indigenous Portraits

United Nations Visitor’s Lobby

February 15 to December 31

Stephen is presently in his New York studio painting portraits of peoples of Papua New Guinea, Papua and Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand.


(Left) Stephen painting woman of the Karen Tribe from Northern Thailand. He only uses photos that he's personally taken as visual reference.

October 1 to February 14

Toured Papua New Guinea,
Papua (Indonesia) and
Peninsular Malaysia.

(Left) Attended the annual "Goroka Show"in Papua New Guinea to photograph and interview 80 tribes of Highlanders.These tribes compete through dance and colorful costumes made of feathers, birds, mud, beetles, moss, paints, animal hides, beads, plants and pleated leaves.

(Left)Indigenous Asli children gather around Stephen in the Cameron Highlands in Peninsular Malaysia.

July 1 to August 31
(Exhibit was extended to September 30)

Exhibit of paintings at the Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia and teaching portrait painting workshops at schools and cultural centers in Kuching.