Sheila Benford

Sheila  Benford


Sheila Benford was born in England in 1935. She painted, self- taught from an early age, later trained as an airbrush artist subsequently employed in London photographic studios for seven years. Sheila immigrated to Australia with her husband and two children in 1977 where she established her own business as a photo restorer.

Between 1980 and 1987 Sheila studied Fine Arts, passing with Distinction. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including major galleries around Australia and is represented in the Ministry of Health Collection.

Sheila enjoys camping trips to remote northern parts of Western Australia with various art groups, finding the harsh landscape and unique forms and colours of Australia a never- ending inspiration and challenge. 


1987 Graduated with Distinction Fine Arts, Forrestfield College of Technical & Further Education

In London I trained as a photographic airbrush artist. Worked for various photographers in Perth doing photo restoration



2001 & 1999 – Highly Commended, Cossack Art Award

1998 & 2005 – Winner of Cossack Art Award 1995 – Winner of Fremantle Woolstores Art Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2005 - 2008 – 2009 Artist for the Month, Gallery 360 2001 - Pilbara Fine Art Gallery
1996 – Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth
1992 – West End Gallery, Fremantle


Parliament House, Landscape Collections

Burswood Casino, Perth
Shire of Roeburn
Ministry of Health, Perth

Duxton Hotel, Perth (commission)

Private collections in Australia, Britain, Holland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany 

Associated Exhibitions

Bronwen Newbury - Janey Emery - Joanne Duffy - Sheila Benford - Eliza Piro - Dorothy Davies - Mel Brigg - Robyn Rankin - Peter Kendall - Carly Le Cerf - Kay Gibson - Tamara Sewoff
22 December, 2017 - 12 January, 2018
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Leeuwin Exhibition 2017
18 February - 1 March, 2017
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Little Treasures
a showcase of Studio Artists 'Little Treasures'
27 August - 4 September, 2016
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"Inside An Artists Mind"
Features a diverse and dynamic collection of self-portraits from a group of the gallery’s inspiring artists.
2 July - 20 July, 2016
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Christmas Exhibition 2015
12 Studio Artists Christmas Exhibtion
15 December, 2015 - 10 January, 2016
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