Born in 1977 - Canada
Ben Skinner was born in 1977, he grew up in a little town in the south of Ontario. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, in British-Columbia.
He obtained his high school fine arts diploma at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax in 2000, before finishing a degree in art and technology at the Art Institute in Chicago in 2003 where he was selected for a scholarship program: Visiting Artist Price.
Ben Skinner is an expert at language and word games, he visually explores the text by using a large range of mediums. His favorite tools in the artistic creation field are words, colors and irony. His work reflects the syntax of the pop culture and his euphemisms make them funny and thoughtful.
Ben Skinner is always looking for new material and techniques to use: he creates art work by using plexiglass, gold paper, holographic paper, LED lights, spray paint, and even candies.
Ben Skinner considers himself to be a conceptual artist, as he's great with languages and words. He wants to make the spectator laugh, but think as well.
2014 • "Object Object" Group show, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA.
2014 • "Jargon" Group show, The Front, New Orleans, LO.
2014 • “Colouring Outside and Reading Between” Solo Show, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC
2014 • “Word Up” Group Show, Dunedin Museum of Fine Art, Dunedin, FLA
2012 • “Up For the Challenge Down For the Repercussions” Solo Show, Bad Luck Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012 • “Something Must Be Done” Solo Show, Judith And Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
2012 • “Buffet” Group Show, AKA design studios, Vancouver, BC
2011 • “You Must Have Thought I Was Joking” Solo Show, Cutty Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 • “The Cheaper Show”, Group Show, Vancouver, BC
2011 • “Beacons”, Group Show, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.
2011 • “Try A Little Tenderness As Hard As It May Seem” Solo show, Honfleur Gallery, Washington DC
2010 • “Uttered Lightly” Solo Show, Ledge gallery during Art City Festival, Calgary, AB
2010 • “The Cheaper Show”, Group Show, Vancouver, BC
2010 • “Grandpa Wants the Tambourine” http://www.beefmastermagazine.com/ Online gallery
2008 • “Delusions of Grandeur” Group Show, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2007 • “My Heart is Bigger then Your Fist” 2 person Show, Lowercase Gallery, the Regional Assembly of Text Vancouver, BC
2005 • “Somethin' Like a Phenomenon, Group Show, Immaculate Heart Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2005 • “Stay Warm” Group Show, Atelier, Frankfurt, Germany
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