BEN IS RIGHT

Los Angeles based artist, Ben Evans, enlivens the mundane in his large scale paintings

Painting out of his Los Angeles studio, Ben Evans - otherwise infamous as @benisright on instagram, exposes and normalizes what people do behind closed doors. His expanding success has seen him exhibiting in shows across New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Italy and Australia, and has garnered attention from high profile celebrities including Dua Lipa, who recently commissioned one of his works.

 

Initially taking influences from “bad” graphic design and its arbitrary use of colour, Ben’s career has evolved from drawings to large scale paintings. Known for his angsty style, Ben Evans depicts mundane aspects of millennial life in ways which are ironic, fun and spontaneous. The artist describes his artwork as extensions of his own dark humour and sarcastic disposition. His style sits within “a realm of cartoon-ized imagery that exists in between reality and fantasy.”

 

While some of his earlier works are inspired by the home; the interiors that the artist deems familiar, some of his later works explore the surrealist elements of outdoor settings such as poolside scenes and tennis courts through flat, blocked colour. A sense of melodrama is simultaneously captured through the treatment of figurative elements; exaggerated facial features, hands and feet either highlighted or cast in moody shadows. “The figures are meant to embody the viewer and stand as something we can see in all of us.”

 

 

March 21, 2022