Ben Stephenson is a British artist currently living and working in Bogotá Colombia. His primary medium is painting, although his practice is multidisciplinary and encompasses sculpture, photography and performative installations. Notions of Colonialism and Voyeurism are central themes throughout his work as he investigates the act of looking at/observing the world from a distance and the misinterpretations that entail. For this reason he has traveled from London to work in a different climate and culture with the intentions of absorbing new stimuli as well as reassessing pre-existing ideas of the exotic. Much of the work displayed here is derived from historical narratives, with source imagery in films and photographs being a primary stimulus. Now Ben is working towards his first international solo exhibition where he will show a new series of works created during his time in Colombia.
Intensive Drawing Course, Scholarship
Royal Drawing School, London, September 2014 – April 2015
First Class BA (honors) degree – Fine Art (painting), Wimbledon College of Art (UAL), London. September 2011-July 2014
Distinction in Art and Design Foundation-
Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins (UAL), London. September 2010- June 2011
Projects and Performances:
2018- Kaffig - the RYDER projects, 19a Herald Street, London.
2012-The Historical Box : Performance Hauser and Wirth, Piccadilly, London.
2012- ‘Aural Contract: The freedom of speech itself ’/ ‘Mountain Language Project’ : Performance Project with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The Showroom, London.
2017- Tribe, OXO Bargehouse, London 2017- Summer Salon 2017, Lubomirov Angus-Hughes gallery, London
2016- Origins 2-1, Crocs Vs. Apes,
Bond House, New Cross, London. (Solo) 2016- Sound and Vision Painting Show, Bellwood and Wright fine art, Lancaster
2016- Sometimes, The Only Way Up Is 4Down,
The Owl Barn, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. (Solo)
2016- Four Young Painters,
The Averard Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London
2015- Ceaseless Ennui,
The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London 2015- The Other Art Fair,
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London.
group show, Number 57 Gallery, New Cross, London.
2015- Damp Spring,
10 French Place, Shoreditch, London. 2015- Spaghetti Western and Other Short Stories,
27 Paces Gallery, Wimbledon, London. (Solo)
2014- Clyde and Co Art Award Exhibit, Clyde and Co Lawfirm, Aldgate, London. 2014- CHRONOSTASIS,
Harts Lane Studios, New Cross Gate, London.
2014- Wimbledon College of Art Summer Show,
Capsticks law firm, Wimbledon, LondoN