About the artworkHopeArchival pigment ink print on 320gsm cotton rag fine art paperSigned limited edition of 50‘Hope’ depicts a remote cabin, surrounded by pine trees and a deep blue lake, illuminated by a crescent moon hanging in the sky above. Over the vista is superimposed the word 'Hope' in big block letters, gently laced with a soft, blue, 'Paint by Numbers' pattern. Bright and poppy, the painting subverts the picture postcard, both offering and withholding a tantalising space within.
Benjamin Thomas Taylor creates artwork that opens up a sense of possibility within the viewer, like a child walking into a sweet shop. Since his first exhibition in 2015, Benjaminâ€™s work has been bought by collectors worldwide.
Growing up in the rural spaces of Snowdonia, but spending much of his creative life in the city, Benjaminâ€™s work is full of playful juxtapositions. Flat blocks of colour surround diagrams of numbers and lines, areas of text are embedded in alpine landscapes, detailed painted objects are cast within vast areas of empty space and appropriated imagery is placed within original compositions. The end result is a kind of romantic Pop Art.
Benjaminâ€™s work has also been commissioned by brands including Nike, Atlantic Records, Paolo Nutini and Rough Trade.
The series Still Life is an attempt to illustrate the simple, visual pleasure of inanimate objects.
"With an apple I will astonish Paris." - Paul Cezanne