Ben paints with oils on wooden panels, harmonising subject matter with wood grain, composing landscape and fauna studies. The painting process and materials used are deliberately employed to engage the viewer on many experiential levels.
There is an underlying resonance throughout these paintings, nature as a subject matter is painted upon nature itself, the wood grain is integrated into the compositions with both paint and subject. There is warmth and familiarity inherent within the use of wood, again the subject matter ‘nature’ has a similar effect upon us, yet these paintings are both familiar and otherworldly at the same time.
A contemplative insistence constantly challenges the viewer to re-evaluate reality. The photorealist painting juxtaposed with the palpable wood grain substrates presents an unsettling conundrum, the viewer is encountered with a dichotomy of ‘reality’, the realist imagery is convincing, firmly grasping our visual cortex, yet the wood panel pulls us back to the physical solid world.
- Signature Award winner, Peoples choice, New Zealand Art Show, Wellington.
- Peoples Choice Award, Cliftons Art Prize, Wellington.
- Signature Award winner, People’s choice award, New Zealand Art Show, Wellington.
- 1st prize for people’s choice, Artbourne Exhibition, Wellesley College, Eastbourne, Wellington.
- Wine sale Award, New Zealand Art Show, Wellington.
- Signature Award, people’s choice award, New Zealand Art Show, Wellington.
- 1st prize for Painting, Art Show North, Northland.