MARGARET BENDIT - In the Botanic Gardens
Margaret Bendit, Born Sydney. Studied at the National Art School from 1946-50, having won a scholarship at the age of fifteen. Her student contemporaries were the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Training Scheme group of ex-servicemen, many of whom would establish considerable reputations as painters and sculptors. This group included two students with whom she became closely associated: Tony Tuckson, whom she found 'inspirational', and Guy Boyd. During this period, she worked with Guy Boyd decorating 'Martin Boyd' pottery. Later, she studied for several years with Frederic Bates. She came to favour watercolours for those properties which made it an ideal medium to use while travelling. Her paintings are generally concerned with the positioning of figures in space, and in the evoking of mood.
She has been awarded numerous prizes including: the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Modern Figurative Prize 1997, 2000, 2004; Hunter's Hill Prize1998; Waverly Watercolour Prize 1993, 1995. She is represented in the collections of Macquarie University and Trinity Grammar School.
Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1999.