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, QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Overdrive, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 Drift, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2008 Glow , McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2007 Urban Light , McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2003 Recent Paintings , Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran VIC AUSTRALIA
2002 Paintings, Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran VIC AUSTRALIA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Directors Choice, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 Pain/Ting , Open Walls Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2012 Homage to Frida , 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Metro Art Prize, Metro Gallery, Armadale VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 19 Moods, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Summer Exhibition, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2009 Agendo Art Prize, Deakin University, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2009 2×2, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2009 Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize AUSTRALIA
2008 Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize AUSTRALIA
2008 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2008 Treasures 08, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2007 Islington, Salamanca Art Prize, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2007 Metro 5 Gallery Art Prize , Metro Gallery, Armadale VIC AUSTRALIA
2002 Brett Whiteley  Travelling Art Scholarship Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2000 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
1999 Darebin Latrobe Acquisitive Art Prize , Bundoora  Homestead, Federation Centre for the Arts AUSTRALIA

Collections

ING Collection
Metro Gallery Collection
Monash University Drawing Department Collection
Mentone Boys Grammar School Collection
Private Collections in Europe and Australia

ACHIEVEMENTS

2014 Award – ANL Maritime Art Prize
2010 Finalist – Metro Gallery Art Award, Armadale
2010 Winner – People’s Choice Award – Metro Gallery Art Award, Armadale
2009 Finalist – Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize
2009 Finalist – Agendo Art Prize, Deakin University, Melbourne
2008 Finalist – Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize
2008 Finalist – Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
2007 Finalist – Islington – Salamanca Art Prize, Hobart .
2007 Finalist – Metro 5 Gallery Art Prize, Armadale
2002 Finalist – Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
2000 Finalist – Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

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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