Benjamin Britton

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Benjamin Britton was born in Palo Alto, CA, in 1976, and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and his MFA from UCLA in 2008. His work has been shown primarily in commercial galleries and alternative spaces in New York and Los Angeles. His work is included in the West Collection and the collection of the High Museum. He teaches drawing and painting at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and lives and works in Athens, GA.


"More often than not, it seems to me that life calls for the senseless wonder of pursuing something as likely to fail so exquisitely as a painting might. The threshold for adventure is there, at least. The practice of painting gathers what it wants to it, and some things can't help but help themselves to painting.  When it's working out, painting is a unique agreement on the circumstances of beauty and meaning which is rarely simple. It is frequently and actually messy. Painting is a way to constitute the experience of looking in an ecstatic sense by projecting one's body into a field of illusion, color, and space.

My work often appears at first to function like a dense and colorful abstract painting, but contains representations of nameable things and illusionistic spaces. I work with surface, perspective, color, depth, illusion, and beauty to reflect and bring awareness to the mechanisms of sensation in the body, to inspire a feeling of dislocation between perception and knowledge, and to continually reward looking."

Benjamin Britton