Ben Willis

Ben Willis

Ben Willis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Arizona to pursue his Masterโ€™s of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the Herberger Institute for Design an the Arts, School of Art at Arizona State University.

Professionally Willis is a Painting and Drawing Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College and Prepartor at Phoenix Art Museum.

Benโ€™s work has been exhibited internationally and across the United States. In 2014 he was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant and his work was recently published via International Contemporary Artists (Vol. 10), Figure 50 (Season 2), and Studio Visit Magazine (Vol. 24).

Statement

In graduate school, I was largely interested in oil painting and created a series of portraits that identified the community of artists who shaped my experience in the M.F.A. program.

Since then I had to adapt to working full time and managing a studio practice. I grew tired of trying to render form and wanted to explore more of what I had learned about color relationships, layering, composition, and texture.

The pattern paintings I make now derive from concepts of optical art. In contrast, my use of materials has allowed me to go beyond creating visual depth, adding a third dimension suspending paint, iridescent pigment, and glitter in many layers of resin.

My patterns do not just end in paint. Their repetitive nature has provided a fluid outlet for collage, digital, mixed media, and installation in my work.

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