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About Ben

I was born in Bournemouth in 1971. After attending a foundation course at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, where I specialised in painting, I went on to complete my BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at Central & Saint Martins College of Art in London. As well as a professional artist, I have also qualified as a conservation quality picture framer.
Creating work in a wide variety of media; charcoal, pastels, oils and watercolours, I am most comfortable working from life in my still lives, landscapes and portraits. Whatever the subject matter, and the medium of execution, I am preoccupied with light and the way it denotes form and mood. For this reason acrylics, with their quick drying times, have become the main medium in which most of my work is now executed. They allow a reaction to a subject to be recorded with an immediacy that neither oils or watercolours, by their natures, can facilitate.

“I regard myself as a traditionalist, believing that, ‘learning to see’ and drawing are the necessary foundations from which work of quality, however diverse, (abstract through to representative), can evolve.”