Lot 55 - Ben Crawford - Short Cut
Oil, Acrylic, Oil Stick, Charcoal on Gesso
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Ben Crawford is a figurative painter. He mostly paints about his life, exploring the story telling possibilities of distorted memories and dreams. Surreal elements transform the landscapes he paints into somewhat mystical realms, bursting with colour and charged with mystery. Figures, architecture and landmarks drawn from his life imbue Ben’s paintings with a sense of narrative, anchoring his work tentatively to reality.
Born in Cork, Ireland, Ben studied painting at The Crawford College of Art & Design and graduated with a first class honours degree in fine art in 2007.
The Unwritten Places
Solo show with Boom Gallery Geelong AUS.
Group show with Curatorial and Co, Sydney AUS. December 2021.
Group show with Boom Gallery Geelong AUS.
Art for Charity Collective
Online art auction.
Big Boom Selection of works alongside other Boom artists, Boom Gallery Geelong AUS. October 2021.
An Outlaw for My Love
Solo show with Curatorial and Co, Sydney AUS.
Group show with The Auction Collective, London UK.
Group show with Blue Shop Cottage, London UK.
A Space Between,
Online art auction with Art For Charity Collective, UK.
Group Show with Curatorial and Co, Sydney AUS. December 2020.
Eighty Eight Miles Per Hour
Solo show with Boom Gallery, Victoria AUS. November 2020
Art For Charity Online Art Auction,
Instagram September 2020
Boom Gallery Australia.
Curatorial and co. Australia.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These paintings are little vignettes from my life: ‘Tell my sister’ is about my mother and aunt, but by extension it’s also about my two daughters and that special bond siblings have. ‘History repeating itself’. The house in this painting is referencing a lot of the houses I grew up in. My parents enjoyed renovating, and as a kid these old crumbling structures had a warm association with the idea of home. These buildings were homes to many generations before us and will be for a long time to come, so that idea of layers of history in a place really intrigues me. ‘Starting line’ is based on a photo from my primary school. It’s sports day and the kids are lining up to start a race. The ‘starting line’ refers to this event, but also to this time in our lives when we’re so young and impressionable. ‘Short cut’ is about walking back to a friend’s house after school. It always seemed to take ages and there would always be elaborate ‘short cuts’ through fields and convents.
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