October 05, 2013
Leon Benn’s paintings trace junctures in time where memories from his past illustrate fleeting periods of clarity. Working with a laid back narrative of his own imaginings, his paintings depict loosely rendered landscapes and solitary figures such as a groundskeeper, a baseball pitcher on the mound, and a bikini clad woman drinking from a bottle. Relying on the poetic murmurs of late night bar drawings, these narratives often arrive out of Benn’s consideration of the time spent with or without those closest to him including his friends, relatives, wife, and cat. Moody environments are depicted alongside surreal and psychedelic landscapes. Loneliness, for Benn, is re-imagined through the solitary experience of these figures, landscapes, and interiors. These dense and somber paintings evoke our collective desires and the human experience of seclusion and longing. Leon Benn received his MFA from UCLA in 2013 and his BFA from RISD in 2004. His work has been included in exhibitions such as “LAndscape” at Frederic Snitzer (Miami,), “The Holodeck” at Post (Los Angeles) curated by Brad Eberhard, “The Golden Ass” at Annie Wharton (Los Angeles), “Eventide” at Carter & Citizen (Los Angeles), “Defrosted: A life of Walt Disney by Adam Cvijanovic and David Humphrey” at Postmasters (New York) and “The World With Us, The World Without Us” at Mahan Gallery (Columbus). Benn currently lives and works in New York City where he frequently draws in the Mid-Manhattan Public Library’s Picture Collection.