Ben Smith

Born 1977
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Ben Smith is a rare artist in his ability to combine strong classical technique with painterly abstraction and oblique narrative.

Smith’s work combines the beautiful and the unsettling, the humorous and the sincere, the banal and the uncanny. Recurring themes in his work include doubt,divergence within a personality and the search for consolation. These themes are explored using multi-layered allegory through an equally layered and expressive use of paint.

His recent work includes figures traveling through ambiguous metaphorical interiors. They are often seen on, or passing through, a somewhat otherworldly threshold.They are psyches held within a state of flux, selves undergoing transformation.

Smith has been a finalist in more than 50 established art prizes across Australia, including the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2009, 2010) and the Sulman Prize (2010, 2011). Ben has exhibited in South Korea, Denmark, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

\ Artworks

Ascension

2015 \ Oil on board \ 122x90cm

SOLD

Beckoned

2017 \ Oil on board \ 96x70cm

SOLD

Escalator Mythology

2015 \ Oil on board \ 90x122cm

Portico

2017 \ Oil on board \ 122x84cm

The Natural Progression

2017 \ Oil on board \ 74x66cm

SOLD

The Tour

2017 \ Oil on board \ 82x190cm

SOLD

Threshold

2016 \ Oil on board \ 122x90cm

SOLD

Transition

2017 \ Oil on board \ 84x122cm

SOLD

Vapourise

2016 \ Oil on board \ 90x70cm

\ Exhibitions featuring Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Threshold

4 May — 19 May 2017

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