Ben Skinner, Available Artwork

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Same Same Series, Wink Wink/10
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (2x7.25x2 in) 2016
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Same Same Series, Win Win/10
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (2x7.25x2 in) 2015
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Same Same Series, Now Now/10
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (2x7.25x2 in) 2015
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Untitled (Puzzle inlay composition 3)
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (12x12 in) 2015
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Untitled (Puzzle inlay composition 2)
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (12x12 in) 2015
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Untitled (Puzzle inlay composition 1)
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (12x12 in)
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Wispy Nispers
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (23.25x17.25 in) 2015
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Sum Of The Parts
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (30x24 in) 2015
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Wound Up Winding Down 2/2
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (32x32 in) 2015
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Future Plants Series - Peach
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (41.25x32 in) 2016
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Future Plants Series - Green
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (41.25x32 in) 2016
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Kitties
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (13x19 in) 2015
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Kiss Me Flow Chart
Ben Skinner
Mixed Media (48x36 in) 2016
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My Heart is Bigger than Your Fist 16/20
Ben Skinner
Silkscreen (20x15 in) 2010
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My Heart is Bigger than Your Fist 16/20
Ben Skinner
Silkscreen (20x15 in) 2010
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SAME SAME Series, HINT HINT/10
Ben Skinner
Acrylic tinted HydroCal plaster (2x7.25x2 in) 2015
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Only Bad Witches Are Ugly
Ben Skinner
Charcoal, spray paint on paper (22.5x28.5 in) 2012
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He Was All....And I Was All...And He Was All...
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Plexiglass & gold leaf (6x15.5x1.5 in) 2014
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Ben Skinner

(1977)

In Ben Skinner’s work “Words do not look like the things they designate.*” While at first look his work is glossy and deceptively simple, it takes on deeper themes of relationships, perception and language. Machine-cut lettering in clean fonts present tongue-in-cheek word play, given a further twist by hand-done application of a wide range of both traditional materials like paint with non-traditional materials such as foil and plastics. The end result blurs the boundaries between advertising, design and fine art. In balancing play with precision, Skinner's work echoes high-end signage or crisp product packaging resulting in colour-rich and conceptually nuanced pieces of contemporary Pop Art.

His current solo exhibition I WILL NOT BE ENTRANCED BY NOSTALGIA is a collection of works from the past three years that explore semiotics through mechanical and handmade processes using both traditional and non-traditional art materials. Ben was born in Petrolia, Ontario, and is currently based in Vancouver. He holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD, 2000) and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC, 2003). His multi-discipline practice includes installation, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. His work has been shown in Canada, USA, France and Germany.
*Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Links

Ben Skinner has plenty to say
Article in the Toronto Star byKaren Von Hahn, April 16, 2016

BenSkinner.com
Artist Website

Georgia Straight Article
Portrait of an Artist: Ben Skinner

The Jealous Curator
Ben Skinner Feature

Vancouver is Awesome
Feature & Interview with Ben Skinner

Booooooom
Feature of Ben Skinner