About Benjamin Jensen
Lives and Works:
Surrey, United Kingdom
BA hons illustration, Westminster, London, United Kingdom, 2008
About the artist
Painting and drawing is one of those activity's I can't remember not ever doing in my life. From felt tip drawings and colouring books to illustrating, cutting and pasting zines, flyers and mix tapes together during my teens while involved in the punk/hardcore scene of the late 90's/early 2000's it all laid a foundation for where I am at this point.
My paintings have a raw edge, on salvaged wood and scruffy canvass they’re not quiet, blend into the background hotel art, they’re not a traditional stuffy greeting card art and they go beyond the stencil of urban art. They're paintings that don’t sit quietly on your wall, they talk in tongue’s and ramble in riddles. They spit obscene colours and ignore compositional rules. Inspired by music, films, cartoons, books, travel and personal memories I try to make some sense through a combination of painterly techniques, bold illustration and found objects, Visualising events to create narrative and add to the chaotic visual language.
Need to know
- Benjamin Jensen laid the foundation for his art from his teens, while he was involved in punk, hardcore and local skate scene of the late 90's early 2000's.
- Jensen was honoured by esteemed writer Will Self after he produced several pieces inspired by the authors 'Psychogeography' book.
- Ben's illustration works have also appeared in a diverse range of publications, and he has worked with record labels, design agencies and film productions.
The Insider Rebecca Gordon says:
"Benjamin Jensen's paintings combine street art / graffiti style with more traditional techniques. The use of pop / punk art iconography alongside narrative traits creates a strong visual language. I believe creative audiences will find this work appealing."
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