Jason Benjamin

Comes the Pale Horse

27 February — 16 March 2020

Born 1971, Melbourne
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

I looked away from the artist and out the bay window of the grand Federation house. It was a postcard-perfect day in the coastal Sydney suburb, melancholic music filling the background to our conversation. It wasn’t an uplifting tune, but I like that sort of thingsomehow it seemed perfect. This was a strange moment. I had spent many years wanting to have a serious conversation about working with the man. Now here we are, sitting opposite each other on two black chairs with paintings and drawings scattered about our feet.

 

The room had a beautiful light, yet, it had an end of the road feel to it. The smoking black pistol on his sinewy forearm, amongst other inked moments, gave a clue to the artist's life of addiction, turmoil and loss. He told me of his existence in this boarding house, of his time in the hospitala result of the ravages of heroinand the beatings associated with that life. But most of all, he spoke of his deep love for the small landscapes on handmade paper that adorned the walls.

 

Looking into his eyes, there existed an unwavering longing to find the lightit drilled me to my core. At that moment, Jason Benjamin’s exhibition, a stripped-back letter in paint of love and hope, found a home.

 

There is a clarity to the artist’s intent entrenched throughout Comes the Pale Horse. Metaphor-rich as always with Benjamin, the paintings should not be viewed as lonely moments in the big sky country. Rather, they are homages to the spirituality that is inherent in our land. They hold much in common with the gold-encrusted religious icons of the middle ages, or indeed, with our own first peoples’ tjurunga stones. They are, in every sense, sacred objects that are seeking to explain our existence.

 

The artist, breathing deeply yet painfully, tells me of his meditative search for a way forward whilst he meticulously paints blades of grass on the sepia ground. In that room that the artist calls his galleon, Benjamin is adriftaware of the outside world, but protected from it. It is here he can delve deep into his recovery, acknowledging the reasons why he must stay far from the darkness. I sense the great hope through his painting practice in the vast landscape of his mind.

 

I’ll let you into a secret about my worldthe art world. It’s an opaque place. The dealer, curator, the historian, will often operate through the mythology that they createtruth and humanity are often stepped over.

 

“Can I say what has happened to you?” I ask.

 

“Ralph, I’ve got nothing left to hide. I have been making these intimate paintings for me.
I have a futureit is my way back to the world.
For me, they are the most precious things I have done so far. So yes, tell them everything.”

Ralph Hobbs
January 2020

\ Exhibition featured works

Jason Benjamin

A Meeting with Christ

2019-2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 25.4 x 33cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

As I Watch Things Disappear

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.2 x 32.5cm

Jason Benjamin

Can You Stay Next to Me

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31 x 56.1cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Come Back to Us

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31.4 x 56cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Comes the Pale Horse

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 25 x 33.2cm

Jason Benjamin

Did I cross the line this time

2020 \ Oil on board \ 20 x 20cm

Jason Benjamin

Heartbroken

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31 x 56.1cm

Jason Benjamin

I Let it all Go

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on linen \ 31 x 31cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

I Stared down the past and it just scarred my eyes

2017-18 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122.5cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Jesus on the Hill

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 25 x 32.3cm

Jason Benjamin

Looking For Something to Cleanse the Heart

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 50.5 x 51.4cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Lost Children

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122.5cm

Jason Benjamin

Love is a Siege

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31 x 56cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Morning Dreaming

2019-2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.2 x 33.2cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

Prayer

2019 - 20 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.6 x 33.3cm

Jason Benjamin

Prayer

2019-2020 \ Example of framed work

Jason Benjamin

Sisters of Faith

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.7 x 32cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

The Lonely Pilgrim

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on board \ 15 x 15cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

The Rider

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31 x 55.4cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

We All Walk The Long Road

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.7 x 33cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

We're All on the Long Road

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31.5 x 55.5cm

Jason Benjamin

When We Met

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.6 x 32.6cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

When it's gone, it's just gone, gone, gone

2019-2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 24.2 x 33.2cm

SOLD

Jason Benjamin

\ Installation photo

Jason Benjamin

\ Installation photo

Jason Benjamin

\ Installation photo

Jason Benjamin

\ Installation photo

Jason Benjamin

\ Installation photo

Jason Benjamin

grey sky

2019 - 2020 \ Oil on primed handmade paper \ 31 x 56.1cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Blak Douglas

Corroboration Nation

26 November — 12 December 2020

Renata Pari-Lewis

Intimate

24 November — 5 December 2020

Tom Adair

Weekender

18 November — 21 November 2020

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to find out more about Comes the Pale Horse.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm