Today Benjamin’s studio practice centers around abstract imagery. Looking inward, he explores balance and the corresponding human struggle to maintain equilibrium. In life, relationships, emotions, and events beyond our control try to throw us out of balance. Using formal elements, he creates visual responses to this conflict. This painting challenge offers a dynamic range of potential experiments that can be explored. These include color interactions, compositional/spatial qualities, and brush stroke or mark-making choices. He use color to communicate emotion. Gestural lines and brush marks cultivate rhythm and motion. Hot and cold, light and dark planes of color interact to generate friction and tension. “I rely on these formal elements to convey meaning to the viewer. In my work, you will encounter a sense of movement - visual pushing and pulling, hiding and revealing, and dramatic juxtapositions.”
While Benjamin’s approach to painting has its roots in Abstract Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction, there are three artist today that hold his attention; Christopher Le Brun, Frank Bowling and Fabienne Verdier. Exploring the human experience through painting requires a sense of adventure, and the willingness to experiment.
Born in Toronto, Canada, he grew up in Milton ON, and has lived in Guelph ON, Chicago IL, and Beaumont TX. He moved to Oklahoma in 2018 and currently keeps a studio in Stillwater. In the fall of 2019 he started his MFA in Painting at the University of Oklahoma. His work resides in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently he has exhibited work in Stillwater, OK, Norman, OK, and Webster Grove, MO.