Artist In The Spotlight:.....Benjamin Thomas Taylor
We are over the moon to be working with Benjamin Thomas Taylor. He is known for his bright, Pop Art inspired landscapes. We love his artwork and, as usual, we caught up with him to find out about him and his artwork!
Fuelled by a sense of joy, his detailed paintings and prints open up hyperrealist spaces, crossing from reality into a parallel world of limitless possibility, full of colour and creation.
He thinks about his compositions for many months before starting them physically. He draws these compositions on Photoshop before projecting them on canvas, the methodically paints them. The whole process takes many months or even years.
Carol: What is the inspiration behind your artworks??
Benjamin: Feelings of possibility, optimism and joy.
Carol: When did you know you were going to be an artist?
Benjamin: From as early as I can remember!
Carol: Have you always loved landscapes?
Benjamin: Yes, I grew up in North Wales so the scenery was always inspiring. One of the first paintings I made was a landscape. My art teacher was amazing; he would bring me photos he had taken of landscapes and teach me to paint them whilst the rest of the class got on with a real lesson.
Carol: - Are your landscapes totally ficticious?
Benjamin: The individual details are often drawn from first or second hand observations before being collaged into fictitious landscapes.
Carol: - How do you start your pieces?
Benjamin: In my head, often thinking about the composition of them for many months or even years before starting them physically.
Carol: Can you tell us about your process?
Benjamin: I play about with ideas in my sketchbook first. I then draw up compositions on Photoshop before projecting the images onto canvas. I'll then methodically paint them. The whole process takes many months or even years.
Carol: Why 'painting by numbers' words?
Benjamin: I love ideas and I think that it's just a nice idea.
Carol: How do you get your ideas for the wording?
Benjamin: I'm always thinking of new wording. I'm often drawn to certain words or phrases and keep them in my head, often for years before using them for a painting.
Carol: Do you know what wording is going to go on that painting when you are painting it?
Benjamin: Yes, those paintings always start with the words
Carol: How long does it take you to complete a piece?
Benjamin: One of my most recent paintings took 4 years, but usually between 3 months and a year.
Carol: What's your studio like and where is it?
Benjamin: I've had 3 studios in the past 12 months. I've recently moved back to having my studio at home as I like to be able to access my work 24 hours a day. It's a colourful, happy, creative space with lots of different artworks and experiments happening simultaneously.
Carol: What do you like doing when you are not painting?
Benjamin: Thinking about it. I also do a bit of art teaching, which I love.
Carol: What is your perfect weekend?
Benjamin: Hanging out with my wife and twin boys building train sets and playing with Lego.
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