About

Statement

Painting on London BridgeI draw and paint directly from life, both in the studio and outside. Working in this way results in marks that are reactive, and for me, it is the best way to capture what it feels like to be with the subject. I also create much larger studio paintings based on small plein air studies. In these I try to recreate the energy and atmosphere of the smaller work using a more complex layering of paint.

 

Biography

Late Night ReflectionsBenjamin took an unconventional route to a career in fine art. As the son of artist Jane Hope, he was introduced to painting at an early age, but he decided against Art School and instead pursued Mathematics and Physics, culminating in a PhD from Cambridge University. During the years in academia, painting was largely confined to summer breaks, but his work still gained recognition: he received the Oxford Times Critics' Choice in the 2001 Oxford Art Society Members' Exhibition for his Old Violin, and was commissioned by Oxford University's Bodleian Library to paint a still-life commemorating their 400th anniversary.

Teacups in the Financial Times (2012)After graduating from Cambridge, Ben had a spell as a ‘quant’ in the City in order to set up a studio close to Greenwich Park in South East London. Then in 2011 he took a 100% pay cut to begin focusing on his art full-time. In 2013, his painting Teacups in the Financial Times was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and he has since had work selected for the annual open shows of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Pastel Societythe Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the New English Art Club. In 2014 he was awarded a Runner Up prize at the Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition and First Prize at the Pintar Rapido plein air painting festival. 2015 saw his first solo show, Observations, at the JP Art Gallery, and in 2017 he put on the exhibition, Works, with sculptor Ben Hooper at Gallery Different.

CV

Education

Oct 02–Jun 07: University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, PhD in Theoretical Nanoscience: The Electronic Structure and Spintronic Potential of Transition Metal Nanowires and Carbon Nanotubes: a Theoretical Investigation

Oct 01–Jun 02: University of Cambridge, Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Mathematics Part III): Merit 

Oct 96–Jul 00: University of Warwick, Master of Physics 1st Class, Joint Honours in Mathematics and Physics; Departmental prize for best final-year project: Relativistic Fermions on a Two-Dimensional Graphite Sheet

Awards

2016: First Prize in the Jackson's Pastel Portrait Competition
2016: Mall Galleries Greetings Card Award: New English Art Club
2014: Pintar Rapido First Prize (The Pintar Prize)
2014: Jackson's Prize, United Society of Artists Open Exhibition (for Sophie)
2014: Runner Up, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2015: Observations, JP Art Gallery, London

Joint Exhibitions

2017: Works, Gallery Different, London (Hooper, Hope)
2017: Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight (Cole, Hope, Pearce)

Group and Open Exhibitions

Lynn Painter Stainers Prize: 2014, 2017
New English Art Club: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Pastel Society: 2015, 2017
Royal Academy Summer Show: 2013
Royal Institute of Oil Painters: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours: 2017
Royal Society of British Artists: 2014
Royal Society of Marine Artists: 2014, 2016, 2017
Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers: 2013>
Royal Society of Portrait Painters: 2015, 2017
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition: 2015
United Society of Artists: 2014
Pintar Rapido: 2014
Colourfield Gallery: 2017 Winter Exhibition
JP Pop-up Art Galleries: 2014 (Blackheath and Belgravia)
Oxford Art Society: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Blackheath Art Society: 2013, 2014

Collections

Work held in private collections in the UK, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA

Memberships

Oxford Art Society
Blackheath Art Society

Notable Commissions

2012 Logo Design for The Oxford Antiviral Drug Discovery Unit, Glycobiology Institute, University of Oxford

2001 Duke Humfrey Still Life commemorating the 400th anniversary of its opening, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Bibliography

A. Gibbons, An Artist's View of London, All Ways Traveller, 30 June 2017

J. Walsh, Notebook, From Clapham to Cornwall..., The Independent on Saturday, 21 November 2015, Radar p.10

C. Hales, Local Colour, Absolutely Battersea & Clapham, November 2015, p.16

H. Peacocke, The Critic's Choice, Oxford Mail review of OAS Members’ Exhibition, 09 April 2001, p.26

Publications

Palette-knife Portraits, The Artist, October 2016, p.37
Plein Air Pastels, The Artist, July 2016, p.23
The Science of Art, Johnian News #37, Michaelmas 2015, p.14
Exhibition catalogues: Observations, 2015; Works, 2017
Taken at Face Value, Fulham Residents’ Journal, July 2012, p.13
Get Hyperreal, Belgravia Residents’ Journal, June 2012, p.13