ABOUT BEN

I’ve always been interested in art since I was a young teenager. Inside, I always knew how I wanted to paint, but never knew how to express it, until I discovered Jean Michel Basquiat and Brett Whiteley.

Moving to the UK at the turn of the century was the boost I needed to finally start painting. Thanks to all the wonderful galleries and exhibitions at my doorstep for motivation.

I’m completely self taught. Visiting the famous galleries of Europe, I would stare at the amazing artworks up close as possible, trying to figure out how the legendary artists would paint their strokes and techniques.

I am an action painter, letting the music help guide my strokes. Very rarely do I use a brush, instead I mainly use palette knives. These tools are a perfect match for my violent, yet controlled strokes that give my work a lot of energy.
Music plays an important role in my paintings. I always listen to tunes when I’m working, and if I already know what I will be painting, I will choose the right music to go with the theme. Otherwise, I’ll let the music guide my strokes.
I have a strong focus on striking colour combinations and balancing these colours with the vibrant, active strokes, and to help the viewer open their minds and share the exciting journey I took to get to the finished piece.

Up until 2018, I was really only painting for myself. Losing oneself in a blank canvas and painting to music helps with depression and anxiety. Nothing in the world exists when I’m focusing on a canvas.

Over the past several years I’ve been finding my style, and I’m happy to say that my current style has been exactly what I’ve been looking for.

I put a focus on adding value for my collectors, and teaching people about the beauty of abstract art, and breaking the misconception that one needs a formal education in art to appreciate and understand it.

My inspirations include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cecily Brown, Willem de Kooning, Brett Whiteley, Karel Appel and Joan Mitchell, to name a few.

When I’m not painting, I’m either at the race track working in motorsport, drumming to classic rock, writing, or people watching at my local watering holes.

  • All pieces come with free shipping.
  • All pieces are once-off originals, painted by me.
  • All pieces come with a certificate of authenticity and valuation for insurance.
  • Commissions are welcome. Just contact me to discuss what you want.
  • All my work is painted with the highest quality acrylic and oils. And painted on the finest canvas.
  • I’m open to collaborations. I would love to hear your ideas.
  • If you’re residing in Malaysia, please contact me before purchasing for an exclusive deal.
  • Feel free to contact me with any questions, or even to talk more about my work.

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Feel free to send me an email for commissions and collaborations.

Phone: +61 3 8476 6487
Email: ben@benpotterart.com

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