“Exhibition provides a feast for the senses”
By Lisa Kither – Northside Chronicle – Wednesday, September 20, 2006, Page 83
“My earliest memories are from when I would spend hours watching out over the sea from the beach for my dad to paddle in from surfing” he said.
“And the days sitting on the headland waiting for him to fly past in his hang-glider like a bird. I was always waiting and watching. So I guess this is where my love of the coastal envirionment and its small details began.”
The collection and Ben’s talent has also impressed Passionfruit Gallery owner Katie Ransom.
“I love the way Benjamin has incorporated a realist/impressionist style of painting with the modern movement of stencil art,” she said. “He has blended these two distintly different methods of painting to create a unique, impacting body of work.
The traditional idea of the sublime interests Ben, as well as the ongoing pursuit of what constitutes these feelings in contemporary environments. It also was a major comonent for his thesis when Benjamin completed his honours degree at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane. He has been exhibiting his work over the past five years in various group and solo exhibitions throughout Austarlia. Among preparations for his many upcoming shows, he also manages to fit in lecturing at the Southbank Institute of Creative Industries. Meanwhile, Ms Ransom is endeavouring to lure Sunshine Coast residents who study art in Brisbane, like Benjamin, back to their inspirational home. When asked how he felt about showcasing his work on the Sunshine Coast for the first time , Benjamin said it was a rewarding experience.
“The idea of local businesses and councils getting behind the arts and intiating things like the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize proves it is quite an exciting time for the arts community on the Sunshine Coast and I am proud to be involved,” he said.