Ben Crawford is a painter in the post-modern tradition. He takes inspiration from a variety of sources, and uses a mixture of mediums to make his work, from traditional painting techniques with oil and synthetic polymer, to spray paint and mono-printing. His work is often bursting with colour, and surreal elements transform the traditional landscape into a somewhat mystical realm - charged with mystery. Figures, architecture and landmarks imbue Ben’s paintings with a sense of narrative, anchoring his work tentatively to reality.
The artist says this about his work:
'For me, painting is about trying to find my place in the landscape. Consciously or not, my paintings are sort of like maps which I navigate this world by. Sometimes I find my way, sometimes I get horribly lost! My work is often autobiographical, with stories and characters from my life informing and populating the paintings. I’m interested in the mythologization of memory. By delving into personal experiences and distilling them through the creative process, hopefully the paintings will resonate universally. ’