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Ben Howe

Ben Howe is an Australian artist born in London, UK. Over nearly two decades, he has explored the nature of consciousness, personal history and the incongruities of memory through his artwork, which has taken him to Germany, China and the USA.

He holds a Masters of fine art with distinction from RMIT and is the recipient of numerous grants, international residencies and fellowships.

Ben is known for his signature quasi-scientific aesthetic that is at once hyper-realistic yet reductive. His at times stark and lonely paintings are often derived from preliminary explorations in other media such as sculpture, photography and film; his process distorting the boundaries of the real and the perceived.

Education

2011                           
Master of Fine Art, HD, RMIT University

2001                           
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Monash University

1998                           
Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University 

Solo Exhibitions

2017                           
Weave, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2016                           
Themes of Dislocation and Habitation, St Francis, Melbourne

2015                           
Monochroamatic Anomalies, Lorimer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014                          
Within the Grey, Shangyuan Museum of Modern Art, Beijing, China

2013                           
The Sum of its Parts, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2012                           
Signs, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne

2011                           
Exploring Transience: locating meaning within the urban crowd, First Site Gallery, Melbourne

2010                           
Schism Overwrite, As Soon As Gallery, Hamburg          

2009                           
Graffscapes, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne  

2008                           
Urban Fractures 2, 5-502, Sydney                                   

2007                           
Once Upon a Space, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne            
Raumatisiert, Wir sind Woanders, Europien art festival,  Hamburg                  
Urban Fractures, SKAMraum, Hamburg       

2006                            
Surface Variations, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne              

2004                           
Forms and shadows, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne       

2003                           
Selected works, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne              

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017                           
NotFair 2017, Melbourne
The 13th Hour, Last Rites Gallery, New York, USA
If Our days wont Last, Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA, USA
Art collecter starter kit, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2016                           
Metro Summer Show 2016, Melbourne                  
Beinart Small Works 2016, Melbourne
Metropolis, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
Transmogrify, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne
Beinart Inaugural Exhibition, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne

2014                           
Shangyuan Resident Artists 2014, China
Ben Howe and HaHa – Second Story Studio, Melbourne
Strange Attractor, D11, Melbourne

2013                           
Supporters Exhibition, D11, Melbourne
Urban, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
Your Old Self, Tinning Street Gallery, Melbourne

2012                           
Exploration 12, Flinders Land Gallery, Melbourne
Melbourne Art Fair, Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Matter and Space, Ne Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Possibilities, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Dark Horse, The Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne
It’s Not You, It’s Me, Eckersley's Open Space Gallery, Melbourne
Climate Change, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2011                           
RMIT Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, Gossard Project Space, Melbourne
The Brunswick Show, Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne
Space and the city, Eckersley's Open Space Gallery. Melbourne
Surface: Texture, Materiality and Conceptual Plasticity, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne.

2010                            
SoBright, Prague, Melbourne
New, Used and Abused, Loft Gallery, Melbourne
The Brunswick Show, Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne                
Irenes Street art festival, Irene, Melbourne
Out of Nowhere, 696 INK, Melbourne          
Grand Opening Show, 696 INK, Melbourne  
Urban Art 10A, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne         

2009                            
Gaengeviertel, Hamburg
Melbourne Stencil Festival, Collingwood, Melbourne
Art Melbourne, Exhibition Building, Melbourne            
Painting 09A, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne     

2007                           
Stencil and Freeform Combinations, A.S.A, Hamburg
Art Melbourne, Exhibition Building, Melbourne             

2003                           
Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne    

1997                           
Contingency, RMIT Graduate Show, Span Galleries, Melbourne

Curatorial

2009                           
Pigeon hole 4, The Pigeon Hole, Melbourne
Pigeon hole 3, The Pigeon Hole, Melbourne                  
Conduit, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne              
Pigeon hole 2, The Pigeon Hole, Melbourne 

2008                           
Pigeon hole 1, The Pigeon Hole, Melbourne 

Residencies/Teaching and Related Activities

2016                           
Double Dialogues: Why do things Break Symposium: ‘Instances of Anomaly’, University of Adelaide

2015                           
Residency: Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, USA

2014                           
Residency: Shangyuan Modern Art Museum, Beijing, China

2013-14                      
Teacher, Melbourne Studio of Art, Elsternwick, Australia

2009                           
Organised Creative Warehouse Network, Brunswick/Northcote, Australia

2008                           
Established ‘Pigeon Hole Studios’, Brunswick, Australia

2007                           
Residency: SKAM, Hamburg, Germany

2005                           
Research and Teaching: India, Egypt and Europe

2002 – 2009               
Teacher, secondary school and adult education. Australia/ U.K / Germany

Awards and Honours

2017                           
Hill Smith Prize, NotFair

2016                           
Black Swan, Finalist

2015                           
Whyalla Art Prize, Finalist

2014                           
Doug Moran Semi Finalist
Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Cliftons Art prize, Finalist

2012                           
Metro Award, Finalist
Doug Moran, Shortlisted
RMIT Vice chancellors List Award for academic excellence                      

2011                           
Dark Horse MFA Award
Metro Award, Finalist

2009                           
Window Frames, Winner            
Melbourne stencil festival, emerging artist Award                         

2008                           
I Art Sydney Road, 1st prize        
Small works 08, Brunswick Street Gallery, Highly commended      

Ben Howe

Bautista, or States of Transcendence


Oil on canvas

80 x 100 cm

$4,000

Ben Howe

Composite


Oil on canvas

82 x 82 cm

$4,500

Ben Howe

Displacement


oil on canvas

173 x 96 cm

$12,000

Ben Howe

Sphere


Oil on panel

54 x 76cm

 

$4,000

Ben Howe

From clay


oil on canvas

112 x 137 cm

$8,500

Ben Howe

Dream


oil on canvas

122 x 160 cm

$10,000

Ben Howe

Emotional cognition of environment is rooted in personal history


Oil on canvas

97 x 122cm

$8,000

Ben Howe

Mosaic, Ma Sai Ke


Oil on canvas

120 x 100 cm

$6,000

Ben Howe

Paci


Oil on canvas

127 x 136 cm

$10,000

Ben Howe

Transposition


oil on canvas

126 x 138 cm

$12,000

Ben Howe

Unheimlich


Oil on canvas

153 x 186 cm

$20,000

Ben Howe

Face


oil on panel

56 x 45 cm

$3,500
SOLD

Ben Howe

Profile


Oil on canvas

110 x 76 cm

$5,000

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