Ben Risk

Conversation Piece
Conversation Piece

40 x 30cm Oil

Figure #4
Figure #4

55 x 50cm Monoprint

Seeing Red
Seeing Red

55 x 65cm Monoprint

Site of Special Interest
Site of Special Interest

70 x 65cm Ink and Oil Pastel

Close (Woman with Bird)
Close (Woman with Bird)

85 x 70cm Ink and Oil Pastel

Woodcutter (Blue Mountain)
Woodcutter (Blue Mountain)

85 x 70cm Ink and Oil Pastel

Figure #1
Figure #1

60 x 82cm Monoprint

Sydney with Lollipop
Sydney with Lollipop

70 x 65cm Ink and Oil Pastel

Easton
Easton

Monoprint

Ben Risk’s work draws upon a wealth of sources; philosophy, poetry, film, travel and daily encounters – translating the unconscious thought and imagination into paintings. His highly personal, reimagined ‘scapes’ always reference the real world. The everyday imagery of streets, houses, trees, animals and people are configured into dreamlike spaces and environments inviting the viewer on a familiar but surreal adventure. Alongside the ‘scapes’ – sea, land or city, he has developed a series of ‘socio mythic’ characters which appear as a semi-fictional cast. Men in hats, people with animal-like features and semi-realistic ‘heads’, these all form part of an ongoing exploration.

 

Risk enjoys discovering new ways of working with materials, the marks on used book covers, for example, or the unstableness of ‘used cloth’ and paint, which challenge and extend his visual thinking. It forces him to make decisions more quickly. To reduce the amount of information and still evoke a strong feeling or story and sense of place.

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