Benjamin Deakin (b.1977) lives and works in London. He studied for a BA Honours in Fine Art Painting at Kingston university, UK from 1998-2001 and MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK from 2005 to 2006. He paints fictional hybrid spaces using a range of stylistic and historical references with an interest in the way in which different cultures interact with their native landscapes and how certain places take on cultural associations as well as political and economic significance. In Deakin's paintings this is expressed in densely layered surfaces in which architectural traces suggest ruination and geometric interventions that disrupt and bisect the composition and organic forms. Key to his practice are his experiences from various travels to remote parts of the world. On one such trip in 2013 he spent three months cycling through the Andes visiting ancient Inca and Wari ruins.
Selected notable exhibitions include:
Seeking News From Nowhere, The Concept Space, London, UK (2018); We are Building a New World: Studio 1.1, London, UK (2017); Making the Nature Seen: Tannery Projects, London, UK (2016); Screen: Turps Gallery, London, UK (2015); Hundreds and Thousands, Lubomirov-Angus Hughes Gallery, London, UK (2015); Mid-summer Night, Listhus, Olafsfjordur, Iceland (2015); This Year’ s Model:Studio1.1, London, UK (2015); ZAP Open: Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London, UK (2014) ; Tan Lines, Tannary Arts, London, UK (2014); Disclosure, Chart Gallery, London, UK (2014); Summer Saloon Show, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, UK (2013); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2013); Working on the Inside II, Tannery Arts Space, London, UK (2013); Marmite Prize for Painting, Nationally touring exhibition (2012); Parallels of Latitude,UBM Head Office, London, UK (2012); Working on the Inside, Tannery Arts Space, London, UK (2012); Need and Desire, Blue Fin Building, London, UK (2011); Off the Clock, 92YTribeca Gallery, New York, USA, (2010); Off the Clock, The Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK, (2010); Salon 10, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London, UK
AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
Artists residency Joya Art+Ecologica, Andalucia, Spain; (2017); Artists residency at Listhus, Olafsfjordur, Iceland (2015);
Residency KIAC, Dawn City, Yukon, Canada (2008); Residency at The University of Kathmandu, Nepal (2005); The Slade/West Dean