About

Painting on London Bridge

Statement

I draw and paint from life.

 

 

 

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 in London.

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

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

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours: 2017

Royal Society of British Artists: 2014

Royal Society of Marine Artists: 2014, 2016

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

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

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 Critics’ 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

Solo exhibition catalogue: Observations, 2015

Taken at Face Value, Fulham Residents’ Journal, July 2012, p.13

Get Hyperreal, Belgravia Residents’ Journal, June 2012, p.13