Benjamin Edmiston

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.


Benjamin Edmiston; Ship of Fools, 2016; oil, acrylic & flashe on canvas; 24 x 20 in.