Benjamin Britton, ‘This wall of sound is made of joy’, 2013, Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction
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Benjamin Britton

This wall of sound is made of joy, 2013

Oil on canvas over panel
30 × 29 × 1 3/4 in
76.2 × 73.7 × 4.4 cm
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About the work
Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction

Benjamin Britton (Headlands Chiaro Awardee ’18) was born in California and grew up outside Seattle. …

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Benjamin Britton
American, b. 1976
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Benjamin Britton’s paintings, mash-ups of abstraction and representation, hit viewers with a tornado-like swirl of colors, forms, and semi-recognizable images, fueled by inspirations that he lists as “recollection of specific events, fantasies, and landscapes combined with issues of national and personal identity, mythology, and the collapse of those identities and myths.” These concerns are centered upon what he sees as the clash between nature and culture, out of which our modern identity is forged. In mostly large-scale compositions appearing fit to burst, he covers every available inch with textile-derived patterns, consumer and industrial objects, heavily abstracted human and animal figures, and fragmented landscapes, knitted together with gestural brushstrokes and swirls of pigment. “I want images and textures to become powerful enough to take the imagination on an adventure,” Britton says about his work, which does exactly that—at warp-speed.

Benjamin Britton, ‘This wall of sound is made of joy’, 2013, Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction
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Benjamin Britton (Headlands Chiaro Awardee ’18) was born in California and grew up outside Seattle. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and his MFA in painting from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has had solo shows at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa …

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Courtesy of the artist and Marcia Wood Gallery
Benjamin Britton
American, b. 1976
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Benjamin Britton’s paintings, mash-ups of abstraction and representation, hit viewers with a tornado-like swirl of colors, forms, and semi-recognizable images, fueled by inspirations that he lists as “recollection of specific events, fantasies, and landscapes combined with issues of national and personal identity, mythology, and the collapse of those identities and myths.” These concerns are centered upon what he sees as the clash between nature and culture, out of which our modern identity is forged. In mostly large-scale compositions appearing fit to burst, he covers every available inch with textile-derived patterns, consumer and industrial objects, heavily abstracted human and animal figures, and fragmented landscapes, knitted together with gestural brushstrokes and swirls of pigment. “I want images and textures to become powerful enough to take the imagination on an adventure,” Britton says about his work, which does exactly that—at warp-speed.

Benjamin Britton

This wall of sound is made of joy, 2013

Oil on canvas over panel
30 × 29 × 1 3/4 in
76.2 × 73.7 × 4.4 cm
.
Bidding closed
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