Benjamin Edmiston is an abstract painter whose latest suite of paintings is born of collage. Cutting, tearing and otherwise manipulating various papers, compositions are constructed by moving disparate elements around on the canvas. Instead of gluing these to the surface, he reproduces the ‘paper sketches’ in paint. Featuring a combination of thick gobs of oil paint, swaths of flat color and unpainted areas of canvas, the paintings bring a studied intentionality to the raw aesthetic and casual spirit of collage.
Benjamin Edmiston currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College in 2012 and his BFA from Tyler School or Art in 2003. Edmiston’s work was included in New American Paintings Northeast edition #104, and ‘The Art of Collage’ Contemporary Collage in Modern Art. He was an artist in residence at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant.
b. 1979 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
MFA, Painting; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, NY
BFA, Painting; Tyler School of Art; Temple University; Philadelphia, PA
Temple University Rome; Rome, IT
Bad Lights; Vox Populi Gallery; Philadelphia, PA
Ship Shape; Residency Gallery; Hudson, NY
Slowly Born; 99% Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Talking Shop; The Infantree Gallery; Lancaster, PA
Paper Cuts; Cuevas Tilleard Projects; 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 Projects; 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; 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 Space; New York City, NY
Paper Chasers; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
Idea Board 3; Together Gallery; Portland, OR
Radient Fields; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
Aqua Art Fair Miami; Nudashank; Miami, FL
Alptraum; Transformer Gallery; Washington, D.C.
The Cheaper Show No. 9; Vancouver, BC
Heady Mugs; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
Summerzcool, curated by Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
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; 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
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