Ben Timmins, art practice.
Ben’s unique and innovative approach to art practice accompanied by his employment of unusual materials and process has lead to many awards and recognition. In particular, Ben’s deliberate use of wood grain as a substrate has unlocked and challenged the spatial dimension of space and reality within the painting itself. The near three dimensional quality of the palpable wood panel, the grown fractal pattern of nature itself are seamlessly integrated into compositions with photorealist oil painting.
Nature is his subject matter, whether it be a landscape or large bird study, the symbiosis of wood grain, realist painting and subject is very peculiar, there is a strong resonance between the subject ‘nature’ and the wood, which is also ‘nature’ in solid terms. Underlying emotive energies move within his paintings, maintaining a dynamic quality producing a meditative mood, all alluding to a mystery hiding in plain sight.
The solid wood panel and pattern of the grain constantly cross over to be interpreted as sky, water, or sand, to be the illusion, whilst the realist painting, being the actual illusion, is so convincingly real it crosses to the other side posing as the ‘real’. Yet this paradox is somehow soothing and invigorating, perhaps due to the minimal, peaceful contemplative nature scenes presented and the subtle approach he has taken.
From the artist …
“I see the artist as a person who goes beyond common known spheres to bring ideas back to the circle of the ‘ordinary’, presents them in a manner which will connect as direct as possible to the idea, forming a bridge or conduit if you like. The conduit, if it is clear and concise, will lead the viewer to the idea directly – this is the artist’s job.”
“Although a painting is a static window it is laden with potency, its power lies in its ability to challenge and question our perceptions and reality, it both reflects our limitations and reveals our potential at the same time.”
“Honest inner reflection complemented with honest action is art”
“Nature as a subject matter I find contains ample scope, I’m drawn to its mystery and ability as a subject matter to have an affiliation to every viewer, this affiliation is the beginning of a thread, a thread that can lead the viewer to a deeper part of themselves.”
“my sketch books are filled with scrappy little drawings with notes, serving as a reminder of an idea, the true meaning of ‘drawing’ is to draw forth something, an idea. For me an idea is in the split second, I can see the entire finished painting and understand the compositional necessities, I sketch a scrappy reminder and preserve the energy of the idea for the actual piece, then ensues the technical challenge of painting.”

Upcoming Exhibitions

Artbourne Exhibition, Wellesley College, Wellington, NZ. October 15 – 17.

Recent Exhibition History

2020:

– Ubiquity solo exhibition, January, ArtBay Gallery, Queenstown.

2019:

– ‘Spring’ group exhibition, ArtBay Gallery Queenstown.

2018:

– ‘The Big Show’, group exhibition, ArtBay Gallery, Queenstown.

– ‘Peripheral rhythm’,  solo exhibition, ArtBay Gallery, Queenstown.

– Artbourne Exhibition, Wellesley College, Wellington.

2016:

– Artbourne Exhibition, Wellesley College, Wellington. Nov 3rd – 6th.

– Millenium Art Gallery, Blenhiem. Group show Oct 28th – Dec 7th.

– Quirky Fox Gallery, Hawera. ‘Spirit of Alcedonia’ exhibition. from Oct 23rd.

– Paper Scissors Rock Gallery, ongoing exhibition. Takaka, Golden Bay.

– A + E Gallery,print show, December – February. Napier.

– Dangerous Kitchen, Takaka. January – February Showcase exhibition.

2015:

– Nelson Art Expo, October 24th – 25th, Nelson.

– New Zealand Art Show, Artist wall, Wellington.

2014:

– NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Life Education Exhibition, Wellington, November 28th.

-Braveheart Exhibition, October 23rd – 26th, Auckland.

-Wellesley centennial Exhibition, October 24th – 27th, Wellington.

– Auckland Grammar School Art Show, September 5th -7th.

– New Zealand Art Show, Artist Wall, July.

-Kereru Gallery group show, ‘Bird song’ January.

2013 -Art & Enterprise Gallery Solo Exhibition, ‘Harmonic field’, November 27th – December 15th, Napier.

-Wellesley college, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Wellington.

– Winner of the Signature Award, New Zealand Art Show.

– Artist Wall at the New Zealand Art Show.

– Conservation House Exhibition, DOC, Wellington CBD.

– Cliftons Art Prize Exhibition, Wellington.

– Artist Aviary Exhibition, Kereru Gallery, Tasman, Nelson.

2012: – 1st Peoples Choice Award, Artbourne, Wellesley College, Wellington.

– Wellesley College, Artbourne Exhibition, Wellington.

– Winner of the Signature Award, New Zealand Art Show.

– Winner of the Winesale Award, New Zealand Art Show.

– Artist Wall at the New Zealand Art Show.

– Clifton Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Wellington.

– New Zealand Art Show, launch Exhibition, Museum Hotel, Wellington.

– Finalist for the Adam Portrait Award, group Exhibition at Shed 11, Wellington.

2011: – Signature Award winner. New Zealand Art Show. Wellington.

– Artist Wall at the New Zealand Art Show.

– Group Exhibition. Art Show North. Northland.

– New Zealand Art Show, launch Exhibition, Museum Hotel, Wellington.

– 1st Prize Painting, Art Show North.

– Painting acquisition. James Wallace Art Trust.

2010:  – Group Exhibition. Kohia Terrace School Contemporary Art Exhibition, Auckland.

– Group Exhibition. New Zealand Art Show, Wellington.

– Private commissions.

2009:- Three group exhibitions. NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.

– Group Exhibition. Kohia Terrace School Contemporary Art Exhibition, Auckland.

– Group Exhibition. Satellite Gallery, Auckland.

2008:-Solo Exhibition. Small Dog Gallery, Auckland.

-Group Exhibition. Kohia Terrace School Contemporary Art Exhibition, Auckland.

-Group Exhibition. Depot Artspace Main Gallery, Auckland.

-Satellite Gallery artists group show. Depot Artspace Main Gallery, Auckland.

-Group Exhibition. NZ Affordable Art Show, Wellington.

2007: -Group exhibition. NZ Affordable Art Show, Wellington.

2004: -Solo exhibition. Spiral Gallery (now Satellite Gallery), Auckland.

2003: -Group exhibitions. Peterborough Arts Centre, Canada.


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