Intriguing compositions, textures, color and line
Ben was a gallery director and curator (2001-2012, now retired) of the Margaret Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College, part of the community college system in Southern California.
He works mostly in acrylic paints, and his inimitable “mindscapes” have lots of texture and depth, visually and tactically. His work is almost universally soothing in spirit, though not in dynamics. The Zen-like impression is unavoidable.
He has an Associate of Arts from Foothill College in Los Altos, CA, a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University at San Jose, CA, and completed International Studies at University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
He has had art shows in Uppsala, Sweden and San Jose, San Diego and Eureka, California, including the premier show at the Japanese Center at Balboa Park in San Diego.
“The essence of my painting is in the connection to the landscape,” says Ben. “My work embodies images witnessed in my life with various elements from my imagination. My process combines a passion for the manipulation of the medium and a transporting love for what I see. This is linked to an attempt to craft my ideas into intriguing compositions, textures, color and line.
“At first glance, the resulting work embodies a relatively non-literal approach to painting. This sort of ‘minimalism’ allows the viewer to decide for his or herself what the ‘story-line’ they see is. Much of what I create stems from a natural fondness for the mysterious sites and ethereal qualities I have often witnessed in my life. Consequently, my art has evolved out of my sense of what I envision beauty to be.”
- San Jose Library, San Jose, CA (3 person exhibit)
- University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden (2 person exhibit)
- Alza Pharmaceutical Headquarters, Palo Alto, CA (Solo exhibit)
- Flor y Canto Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (Solo exhibit)
- Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA (Juried Group exhibit)
- San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA (Invitational)
- SDSU Art Council Auction Exhibition, San Diego, CA (Invitational)
- San Diego Public Library, Riford Branch, La Jolla, CA (Solo exhibit)
- University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (Invitational)
Japanese Tea Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA (Solo exhibit 2012)
- Redwood Art Gallery, Eureka, CA (2 person exhibit 2013)
- Jeffery Schwartz, Attorney, Law Office, Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights, Arcata, CA (Solo exhibit 2014)