Benjamin Edmiston’s sophisticated abstract paintings and drawings favor restraint over abundance. Geometric compositions with an identifiable hand painted touch, Edmiston’s work uses the language of architecture as impetus. Intimately scaled paintings pack a graphic punch with flat, bold color or (in many cases) black and white. Each are direct and confrontational yet simultaneously leave space for the viewer to wander.
Benjamin Edmiston earned his MFA from Brooklyn College in 2012 and his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2003. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and Residency Gallery Gallery, Hudson, NY. He has been included in several group shows including False Flag Gallery, Long Island City, NY; Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, DK and Cuevas Tilleard Projects, New York, NY. He was an artist in residence at OCAD University,Toronto, Canada and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Edmiston’s work was included in New American Paintings and The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art.
b. 1979 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2012 MFA, Painting; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, NY
2003 BFA, Painting; Tyler School of Art; Temple University; Philadelphia, PA
2001 Temple University Rome; Rome, IT
SOLO EXHIBITIONS & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Walking to Work, w. Austin Eddy; David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
Caravan; Left Field Gallery; San Luis Obispo, CA
Bad Lights; Vox Populi Gallery; Philadelphia, PA
Ship Shape; Residency Gallery; Hudson, NY
Matthew Craven, Benjamin Edmiston & Alison Hall; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX (upcoming)
Afraid of Acquitances, curated by Cuevas Tilleard; False Flag Gallery; Long Island City, NY
Hungry for Colour; Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, DK
Summerzcool, curated by Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Paper Cuts; Cuevas Tilleard; New York City, NY
Black and Whiteish; Eddysroom, New York City; NY
News From Home; Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Painting Problems; Cuevas Tilleard; New York City, NY
Inaugural Group Show; Left Field Gallery; San Luis Obispo, CA
Folklore; Pennsylvania College of Art and Design; Lancaster, PA
Expansions; Transformer Gallery; Washington, D.C.
Strange Lands, curated by Christopher Daniels; Cindy Rucker Gallery; New York City, NY
Forget the Words; Number Thirty Five Gallery; New York City, NY
Black Foliage; curated by Matthew Craven; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
Black Foliage, curated by Matthew Craven; 48 Bowery; New York City, NY
Fresh, MFA thesis show curated by John Yau; Gary Snyder Project SpaceNew York City, NY
Paper Chasers; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art. Gestalten Publications
New American Paintings #104 Northeast Edition
The Liner: A Transatlantic Magazine, Issue 1
New American Paintings #93 MFA Annual
Summerzcool; with Austin Eddy; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Smile in the Dark; Left Field Gallery; San Luis Obispo, CA
Double Nickels on the Dime; D&F Gallery; New York City, NY
Island Press Emerging Artist Fellowship, Saint Louis, MO
NYU Steinhardt, Intro to Printmaking. Guest Critic.
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Intro to Printmaking. Guest Critic.
OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. Artist in Residence
Transformer Gallery Collectors Talk, Guest Speaker; Washington D.C.
Camberwell College of Art, UAL London, Guest Speaker; Brooklyn, NY
Nominated, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, NY
Charles G. Shaw Award; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, NY