Ben Sheers

Represented Artist

Ben Sheers

Represented Artist

Ben Sheers is a talented and recognised artist who won the 2010 People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne Metro Art gallery. Sheers has completed his Honours in Fine Arts from Monash University and his works are included in private collections in London, Sydney and Melbourne as well as ING & Monash University collections.

Working mainly with oil paints, Sheers creates works in a photo-realism style that depict Australian suburban landscapes, still-life and night scenes. Sheers takes inspiration from Italian metaphysical painting, contemporary cinema and the work of realist artists.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Ben Sheers is an Australian contemporary artist based on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Sheers works predominately in medium of oil painting and his works attempt to find moments of visual poetry within the suburbs and industrial wasteland of our cities.

The paintings find their basis through a continual interest in the formal properties of space, form and the depiction of light. These moments are then combined with the transforming effect of night on the kind of environment which we tend to dismiss as mundane and insignificant. The works move from evocative and intriguing narratives to nocturnal paintings that make use of claustrophobic compositions with a menacing almost horror-film dimension. He is primarily influenced by Italian metaphysical painting as well as contemporary cinema and the work of American realist painters such as Edward Hopper.
All works are created using a traditional technique of under painting and glazing and complimented with a process of acute observational drawing and constant refinement.
Sheers has an extensive exhibition history with a number of solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions as well as being a three time finalist in prestigious art prizes such as the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the Metro 5 Gallery Art Prize. His works are held in numerous private collections both in Melbourne and Sydney as well as overseas.

EDUCATION

2000 Melbourne University, Diploma of  Education
1999 Monash University, Caulfield, B.A in Fine Art (Honours)
1998 Monash University, Caulfield, B.A in Fine Art (Painting)

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2015 “Night”, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Queensland
2012  “Overdrive”, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Queensland
2011  “Drift”, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne
2008  “Glow”, McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne
2007  “Urban Light”, McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne
2003  “Recent Paintings”, Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
2002  “Paintings”, Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 General Exhibition, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast

2015 “Pain/Ting”, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin

2012 “Homage to Frida”, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast.
2010 “Metro Art Prize”, Metro Gallery, Armadale, Victoria
2010 “19 Moods” 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast.
2010 “Summer Exhibition” 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Qld
2009 “Agendo” Art Prize, Deakin University, Melbourne.
2009 “2X2”  –  19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast.
2009 “Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize”
2008 “Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize”
2008 “Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship” Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
2008 “Treasures 08” – Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2007 “Islington” – Salamanca Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania.
2007 “Metro 5 Gallery Art Prize”, Metro Gallery, Armadale, Victoria.
2002 “Brett Whiteley  Travelling Art Scholarship” Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
2000 “Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship” Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
1999 “ Darebin Latrobe Acquisitive Art Prize”, Bundoora  Homestead, Federation Centre for the Arts

Collections

ING Collection
Metro Gallery Collection
Monash University Drawing Department Collection
Mentone Boys Grammar School Collection
Private Collections in London, Melbourne and Sydney

ACHIEVEMENTS

2014 Award – ANL Maritime Art Prize
2010 Finalist – Metro Gallery Art Award, Armadale , Victoria. Won “People’s Choice Award.
2009 Finalist – Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize.
2009 Finalist – Agendo Art Prize, Deakin University, Melbourne.
2008 Finalist – Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize
2008 “Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship” Finalist Exhibition. Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
2008 “Treasures 08” – Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Finalist – Islington – Salamanca Art Prize, Hobart , Tasmania.
2007 Finalist – Metro 5 Gallery Art Prize, Armadale , Victoria.

PUBLICATIONS

2008 “Twilight Treasures” by Baz Blakeney in The Herald Sun
2007 “High Five for Artists” by Jeff Makin in The Herald Sun
2002 ” Around the Galleries” by Megan Backhouse in The Age
2002 “Critics Choice” by Jeff Makin in The Herald-Sun
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