BEN EDMUNDS

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BEN EDMUNDS

Ben EDMUNDS

An appetite for the absolute, 2020

Fabric dye and acrylic on canvas with carbon fibre stretcher, shock cords, carabiners and etched bolts
80 x 60 cm

Ben EDMUNDS

It won’t last forever (or maybe it will), 2021

Installation view at Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Gent, Brussels

Ben EDMUNDS

Another happy ending, 2019

Fabric dye and acrylic on canvas with carbon fibre bar and brackets
200 x 160 cm
Ben EDMUNDS
Aspirational Equipment (Small Vitrine), 2020
Equipment in custom perspex vitrine
40 x 30 cm
Ben EDMUNDS
Were we ever lost // Were we ever found, 2020
Fabric dye and acrylic on canvas with carbon fibre frames, shock cords and carabiners
420 x 400 cm
Ben EDMUNDS
Where should I go from here?, 2019
Installation view at Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Bio

Ben Edmunds (b.1994) was born in Norwich, UK in 1994 and lives and works in London. As an artist, his practice spans painting and sculpture, and he is the director of Aspirational Equipment Ltd., an artist’s objects company founded in 2019. He received a BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts (2016) and an MA in Painting from Royal College of Art (2018) where he was awarded the Hine Prize for Painting.

 

His practice is deeply rooted in his background as a sailor and windsurfer, and his work focuses on the crossover between these adventure sports, luxury lifestyle pursuits and colour field painting. He is interested in the possibilities of abstraction as a transcendental experience, likening it to climbing a mountain or sailing in open water. He questions the assumed anti-utilitarianism of painting, proposing the artwork as a form of equipment.

 

He has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs since graduating from the RCA, including “Where should I go from here?” at Kaikai Kiki Gallery, “It won’t last forever (or maybe it will)” at Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Art Basel HK and Frieze New York.

 

EDUCATION

2016 – 2018 Royal College of Art, MA Painting

2013 – 2016 Wimbledon College of Art, BA Painting

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

(forthcoming) Universal Tomorrow, Manchester (UK)

Almost Somewhere, Choi&Lager Gallery, Seoul (KR)

It won’t last forever (or maybe it will), Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Gent (BE)

2020

Happiness TM, The Shophouse, Hong Kong (HK)

2019

Where should I go from here?, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo (JP)

2017

Lost Horizons, Noble Studios, London (UK)

Kick Off, Carousel, London (UK)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Something unknown is doing we don’t know what, County Street, London (UK)

2019

Adieu to Old England, the Kids are Alright, Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne (DE)

Summer Exhibition, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo (JP)

Le Main Qui Dessinait Toute Seule, Danysz Gallery, Shanghai (CN)

There’s Something About Painting, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Gent (BE)

Deeply, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan (IT)

FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London (UK)

2018

Les Mains dans les Poches, Pierre Poulet, Bordeaux (FR)

 

AWARDS

2018 Hine Painting Prize
2018 Red Mansion Art Prize (shortlisted)
2016 Aidan Threlfall Scholarship
2015 Prunella Clough Scholarship (shortlisted)