Biography


Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1972, Ben studied Fine Art at Lancaster University, specialising in painting and drawing. He gained his BA degree in 1996. After further studies in Theology and work with students in the London area, he settled in the Lake District in 2002. Much of his work has been influenced by this move and the effect of being surrounded by the Cumbrian landscape.  

Artist Statement

My work is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscape of wherever I am. Be that in the Kent Estuary of the English Lake District, North Wales, Spain or South Africa and Lesotho where I have been throughout 2013. I paint as a response to living, working and walking in the landscape. I often compose my paintings with thick, textured paint - loosely applied. I wish to convey a sense of place, and the physical process of mark-making I employ is an engagement with the environment around me. After sketches and photographs used as reference I prefer to paint and draw quickly and instinctively. My work is a visual diary, a desire to capture a sense of the vitality and living quality of the landscape around me - a response to knowing what it is like to be in the landscape - a personal response to seeing and feeling the effects of the light and weather. My art is not a complete rejection of Modernist ideology from my undergraduate studies, but essentially I paint because I want to paint. The formal qualities of my painting and drawing is important - an aesthetic in response to the aesthetic of the environment around me.


Selection of EXHIBITIONS:

John Davies Gallery: Solo

Lake Artists Society: Summer Exhibition

C-Art: Mixed

Brewery Arts Centre: Solo

International Visual Arts Expo: Mixed

Storey Institute (degree show alumni guest): Mixed

Open Up North: Mixed

Lawrence Batley Theatre: Solo

Signature Gallery: Solo

Brewery Arts Centre: Mixed                                                                                                         

Moreton-in-Marsh - 17 Oct - 7 Nov 2020

Grasmere 27 July – 4 Sept 2019 

Throughout Cumbria 10 Sept – 25 Sept 2016 

Kendal 15 April – 10 July 2016

Harrogate 20 Nov – 22 Nov 2015

Lancaster 20 April – 25 April 2015

Brewery Arts, Kendal 31 May – 27 July 2014

Huddersfield 7 April – 3 May 2014

Kendal 19 April – 18 May 2013

Kendal 1 May – 31 May 2009