Ben is a figurative painter and printmaker who explores familial loss, perception and memory: highlighting his upbringing in Germany and the loss of his mother. His paintings are typically large, textured and colorful, while his monotype prints are atmospheric and monochrome. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013, he attended Portland Community College and
received a BFA in 2020 from Oregon College of Art and Craft (Via Pacific Northwest College of Art). While attending OCAC he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and the Gamblin Paint Award- recognizing outstanding artistic achievement in oil painting. Most recently his work was exhibited in a group showing of OCAC senior work in Gallery 157 at PNCA.
    This body of work is a reflection and study of my mother, Sandra, who died at the age of fifty-two from aggressive colon cancer.

    Painting can serve as an interpretation of the past and present, allowing me to see how things were and how things are. The act of making these paintings is a post-mortem conversation; this is the closest thing I can describe to what it would be like to communicate with my mother. None of these paintings represent a specific literal moment, but a collection of emotionally driven moments surrounding my mother’s death. These collections of moments are created by mining family photos, journals, shared experiences, and meaningful objects. The paintings start as drawings and monotypes, serving as a peacemaker between memory, the reference, and the final painting. This creates a language that gives my paintings space from their visual references. The finished piece is figurative, colorful, and contemplat

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