Benjamin Anderson

Born in 1977 in  Clearwater, Florida.

‘Just Add Water’
 

In this latest series of large scale oil paintings that blend themes of beauty, war and
materialism, Anderson uses water as his visual vehicle. Diluting and distorting the lines
of perception and beauty, the artist utilizes both realism and abstraction in his vision to
relegate the importance of the material world to simple forms and shapes. Finding beauty
in the ugly and ugly in the beautiful, the concept of Just Add Water has been re-defined
in Anderson’s latest body of work.
According to a review by art critic Josef Woodard in the Santa Barbara News Press,
"Objects and people submerged in rippling pool water, from a group of girls to an
underwater spitfire airplane, serve as irony-soaked subjects in the pleasantly disorienting
paintings of Benjamin Anderson."


Trained in Florence, Italy and the SF Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts, Benjamin’s work was first presented in the De Young Museum of Fine Arts
“Emerging Artists Exhibition” of 2001. He has been creating monumental oil paintings
since 2002 and has been recognized for his portraiture by the Smithsonian National
Portrait Gallery. He was selected by Converse for a national ad campaign as their All Star
artist and his work was the subject of a presentation on London’s Channel 4 TV. He has
shown work extensively throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, San
Francisco and New York. As well as exhibitions abroad in Italy and Greece, Benjamin
has had museum shows at the Ventura County Museum of Art and Carnegie Art Museum
in California. In addition to his own art career, he is also a co-owner and co-curator of the
Anderson ART Collective in his home town of Carpinteria, California.

EDUCATION

1998-2002 B.F.A. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Ca
1998 Alaska Indian Arts Center, Haines, Alaska
1997 Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence, Italy

 

MUSEUM SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
2011 ‘The Brothers Anderson’ Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, Ca
2011   ‘Splash’ Ventura County Museum of Art, Ventura, Ca
2011   Orange County Museum of Art, Contemporary Art & Home Tour
2005 “Portrait of an Artist”, Smithsonian National Portrait     

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011   Anderson ART Collective, Portraits Carpinteria, Ca
2010   ‘Just Add Water’ Blank Space Gallery, New York, NY
2010   ‘Just Add Water’ Anderson ART Collective, Carpinteria, Ca


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013   Rarity Gallery, Summer Salon Show, Mykonos, Greece
2013   Santa Barbara Arts Fund, ‘aqua’ , Santa Barbara, Ca
2013   Christopher Hill Gallery, Spring Exhibition, Healdsburg, Ca
2012  ‘100 Grand’, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca 
2012  ‘Benjamin Anderson and Daniel Mourning, New Works’
Stephanie Breibard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, Ca
2012   WADE, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, Ca
2012   Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria, Ca
2011   ‘100 Grand’, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca 
2011   Sherman/McNulty Gallery, Los Angeles Ca
2010   ‘Rogue Wave II’ Anderson ART Collective, Carpinteria, Ca
2010   ‘Summer Exhibition’ Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, Ca
2009   Anderson ART Collective, ‘M-E-Y-K’ , Carpinteria, Ca
2009   Anderson ART Collective, ‘Rogue Wave’ Carpinteria, Ca
2009   Rumble Art Fair, Santa Barbara, Ca
2007 George Billis Gallery ‘I(Heart)Pop Realism’ Los Angeles, Ca
2007 IAM Gallery ‘Sensa Peso’ Venice, Italy
` 2007   CastelARTe07, Abruzzo, Italy


ART FAIRS
2012  San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Art, Ca
2010  Red Dot Art Fair, Anderson ART Collective, Miami, Fl
2007  Red Dot Art Fair, Museum Works Gallery, New York, NY


PUBLICATIONS/FILM
2012   Carpinteria Magazine, Winter 2012 issue
2012   The Coffin Factory, issue 2
2010   Surfer Magazine, May 2010 issue, Ca
2009   Computer Arts Magazine, Sept. 09 issue, London, UK
2009   Trip Magazine, Sept. 09 issue, Sao Paolo, Brazil
2008 Target/Converse ‘all-stars’ ad campaign, national television, print
2008   Channel Four London, Los Angeles Artist, Reality series.

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