Bio

Ben Summers is a British artist working between London and France. Due to his father’s military occupation, much of Summers’ childhood was spent in different locations including Malta, Belgium and Germany before eventually settling outside of Bath in the west of England. These early experiences have shaped much of the foundation for Ben’s work and the continuous thread of documenting people within shifting cultural landscapes. Guided subsequently by a childhood fascination with street art and the 1948-51 European Avant Garde movement, the CoBrA group. Graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003, Ben went onto work in arts education, before a career in music promotions and commercial illustration. Summers currently lives and works in North London and in recent months, has collaborated widely with respected arts institutions and in group exhibitions. He is an aspiring curator and art entrepreneur with work currently held in private collections in Ghana, UK, France and the US.

“The wider narrative of my practice channels a prevailing fascination in documenting collective human identity in relation to ancestry and a breaking down of social constructs. An anthropological foundation, formed from personal experience is a thread in the work, which seeks to question our innate relationship in the present day. My practice explores the earnestness of our personal stories, whilst reflecting on my own heritage. Prevailing topics of communication and disquiet around social issues are consistently central”

The developing body of figurative work, emerges from an increasingly expansive practice, for which the boundless possibilities of painting remain a foundation. They have begun through conversations and time shared with friends, strangers and people passing through and existing in mostly shifting environments. Revered centerpieces and crowds, often accompanied by imaginary characters, cinematic references and childlike symbolism bestow a fluctuating and layered approach to artistic production. The works are developed from an increasingly methodical, inquisitive and collagic system of gathering subject matter sourced from live sketches, candid photos and footage.

 

CV

 

Education:

1999 – 2003: Slade School of Fine Art – BA (hons) in Fine Art Painting

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2017: Art Around The Child – Exhibition and Auction curated by Lee Sharrock – Senya Beraku, Ghana & London.

2016: Revolution Show – Art Society Soho/ Creative Debuts at Black and White Gallery

2016: Borders – Core Gallery group show at Nolias Gallery, London

2016: Secret 7″ – 2016 Contributors show at Sonos Studios, London

2015: Signed For Syria – Group Show and auction at Protein Space, London

2015: Isis Phoenix Arts – Group show at Darren Baker Gallery, Fitzrovia

2015: Isis Phoenix Arts – Group show at Library, St Martins Lane

2014: Bow Arts Open/ FIN at The Bermondsey Project Space, London

2013: Bow Arts Open at The Bermondsey Project Space, London

2012: Art Takes Times Square at Times Square, New York

2011: The EccentricNative at Nolias Gallery, London

2003: Slade School Degree Show at Slade School of Fine Art, London, W1

 

Studios/ residencies:

2018: Participatory Artist Residency at Casa Na Ihla –  Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012-15: Bow Arts Trust/ London Artist Quarter – London

2011/12: Nolias Gallery – Artist in Residence – London

 

Artist/ studio/ curatorial:

2018: Curator/ Participating artist – Lost Language, London (Forthcoming)

2017: Curator – Article 10 at Amnesty International UK, London

2017/18: Assistant to artist Melita Denaro – London

 

Selected performances/ projects:

2018: Forgotten Of The Forgotten – By Daniel York. Guest Artist FacilitatorArcola Theatre, London (forthcoming)

2017: Art Around A Child – Participating Artist/ Group show and auction – Senya Beraku, Ghana/ London

2017: V&A Graphic Gathering – Guest Artist Facilitator – V&A, London

2016: African Street Style Festival 2016 – Live Participatory painting

2015: Live Painting Performance in association with Bank of America and Bow Arts Trust.

2013: Dark Soul Dance Theatre at Vibe Gallery. Live Painting performance with artist Adelaide Damoah

2012: Art Outside – Live performance with Cass Art. Sponsored by JC Decaux

2007: Tech Ed – International Software Conference – Fitch/ Microsoft. Live Painting performance

2006: International Motor Show London at Excel Centre. Live Painting performance with artist Daisuke Sakaguchi

 

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Contact:

Email: info@beatsinmybrush.com

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