SEX • POP • VANDAL – A solo exhibition by Ben Allen
Words by Bossman75
This coming Thursday we will be attending a private viewing of a fresh body of works by Ben Allen entitled “Sex • Pop • Vandal”. Comprising of new originals on canvas, an assortment of hand-finished mixed media works on paper and screen-prints the show is being held at the London Westbank Gallery which is home to works by fellow artists Banksy, Faile, Goldie, London Police, Shepard Fairey and many more. Described as free-spirited, and citing influences of underground surfing and skateboarding, UK based artist Ben Allen is most well-known for his controversial Pop paintings. Using a ‘collage’ style of unlikely juxtapositions, his dynamic paintings are complex mash-ups of popular culture that critiques the day-to-day dull and mundane, challenge the media’s view on sexuality and inspire a sense of freedom. By popular demand, Ben will be revisiting some of his old black and white classics and giving them a new life in different sizes and finishes. The exhibition will feature new originals on canvas, unique mixed media works on paper, hand finished editions and screen prints. All the artwork, including the printing, has been done in-house by Ben in his seaside studio in Devon and is released in limited numbers. The private view starts at 6:30pm on Thursday 12th February. The show will be open daily thereafter 11am-7pm until Thursday 19th February 2015. Details on the event can be found on the West Bank London Art Facebook page HERE.
The gif of the twenty different “Hope X Avengers” screen-print, giclee and paint splats was too good not to share.