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Ben Bishop Artist

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Ben's work is inherently human, focussing on body, emotions and connections. It is the product both of skilled conventional technique and of original artistic approaches.

Ben's oil paintings often depict people whose humanity can go under-acknowledged. Those seeking refuge or with additional needs frequently populate Ben's colourful canvases. These pieces capture the emotion of their very human subjects and demand empathic connection with the viewer.

Additionally, Ben's work explores his own human connections. Friends and family are recurring subjects. Also persistent in Ben's work are the connections Ben experiences between his own senses of self.

Ben's recent works examine the compositional connection between an artwork's figure and the surrounding space, and show how this relationship is as important as the features themselves.

Ben is an innovator. He has developed techniques for working with plaster that result in a wounded artistic surface. These contusions reveal the connections between the physical structure of Ben's work and act as visceral records of the energy exerted in the event of making, connecting the viewer with the artistic act.

Ben's art intends ambiguities that invite the viewer to actively participate in determining its meaning. Images are always fundamentally figurative, but require decoding. By placing this demand on the viewer, Ben's work aims to stimulate the most important artistic connection of all: that between the artwork and the eye of the viewer.

Born in Cardiff in 1973, Ben achieved Art A-Level and studied Art History for a term while an undergraduate at Cambridge University.
After graduating, Ben spent 25 years working with adults and children with additional needs.
In September 2019 Ben returned his focus to art and produced a series of evocative oil portraits that achieved commercial success on Artfinder and Ben's own Etsy shop. "The Mancala Game" was published in The Stroud News and Journal in July 2020. In 2021 Ben was interviewed by the Bright Nation website, and by Gloucestershire Live as part of their visit to Stroud College. Ben's "Self Portrait in Blue #2" was included in Artfinder's July 2021 'The Inspirational Frida Kahlo' collection.

Ben is currently studying Fine Arts at Stroud and South Gloucestershire College.

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