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Painted with acrylic and sand, Benjamin King depicts organic matter in varied grays and blacks with thick blobs of white across the surface. Underscoring the overlap between the unrecognized and the familiar, King paints his experiences with nature from memory. Moving beyond landscape painting, his abstractions include symbols that mimic a feeling of nature.
Benjamin King paints simplified approximations of nature that seem to expressively find the essence of a form. Stripping away the paraphernalia, a line with one nubby growth describes a tree, and rolling white shapes become snow-capped mountains. But through these simplified shapes, the viewer is better able to watch the forms pull and tug at one another as King toys with the tension that exists between form and negative space. As the artist beautifully explains “I bully and beg my way through these paintings. The process is extremely improvisational within a finite set of rules. Snow is white, trees are brown and gray, rivers are blue, there are no humans or technology. My intention is not to depict something seen, but to create approximations of seen things, then combine them in ways that have overlapping meaning.”
King received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000 and then a MFA from the University of Chicago in 2005. His work has been exhibited across the country and is held in numerous private collections.
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