mr ben

Drawing on the cultural influences of his youth, mr ben explores images of popular cinematic and music culture, as well as consumerism and branding from the 1960s and 70s.

Each of his pieces documents a sense of history through the building of layers of painted original ephemera. At each layer he reveals glimpses of previous layers by carefully scraping, peeling, ripping and sanding, completed by the addition of transferred images. mr ben combines several methods including collage, text, painting with acrylic, ink and spray paint and image transfer and often cements his images with resin.

Some of his work reflects on a time when events would be advertised illegally using fly posters. Promoters would often hastily paste their posters over the top of others and in time these would gradually peel away providing a catalogue of past events through the layers of paper.

Artistic influences are many and include Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

mr ben has exhibited in galleries in London, Brighton and Worthing.

A Selection Of Work Available At The HOARD Gallery

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