House on the Hill (Homage to Ian Fairweather)

Ben Kenning

Artist Statement: Ben Kenning is a painter and mixed media artist from Newcastle, Australia. He acquired an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art at Newcastle Art School (2007), a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, NSW (2011) and a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours from the University of Newcastle, NSW (2014).

Ben's work primarily focuses on drawing, painting, and mixed media on canvas and paper. Although technical, his work is exceedingly intuitive and chance driven - it relies on a process of continual layering, creation and destruction, and works towards the resolution of an idea. His art is a vehicle for self-expression, granting him the freedom to be inquisitive, absorb his surroundings, and pursue his curiosities. 

Medium: Enamel and spray paint on canvas
Dimensions: TBA
Date: 2010
Condition: As New

CHG Director's Statement: This work by Ben Kenning pays homage to Ian Fairweather's iconic work 'House by the Sea'.

Ben Kenning's new paintings complimented the culture, busyness, frenetic activity and colours so much a part of India! Also he was influenced by the disintegration of the cities infrastructure through the passage of time and the effects of nature. He observed the half stage of ruin versus new structures rising. This phenomena is reflected in some of the exhibition workings. Do you regard your Indian experience a game changer? Ben said it was the most consistent body of work he'd produced for a long time. He reinforced the strength, style and alternate subject matter to respond to was a positive development as opposed to working from the imagination alone. The influence of being in and experiencing India was important and the universal theme for the show. He feels he has developed a mastery and control over his art process which was exhilarating.

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