Ben Paynter

As an artist I record the world around me, exploring the relationship between people and the environment. The artwork began as a way to simply record what I saw while travelling some years ago. My travels have so taken me so far from several parts of the United Kingdom, to Canada and to Spain. As the art has progressed over time it has become more stylistic and incorporating patterns and visual motifs. These elements combine to break down complex subjects into simplified forms to express the conflicting emotions that accompany an ongoing journey. I have always found drawing and painting and important part of my life. I was mentored in figurative and skill life classes from young age at school. I studied and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire, England in Applied and Media Arts (2:1). I am influenced from different sources including graphic novels, Art Nouveau, contemporary graphic design, Impressionism and Expressionism. Artists of particular note to me include James O'Barr, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Vincent Van Gogh among others. "All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve... I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance." – Francis Bacon For several years I have worked in different mediums including permanent markers such as biro and ink pens to record every part of a works’ development. My work embraces what happens by chance and by intention. To me small mistakes along the way are not a negative; they define the direction you take. They tend to happen first, and then you spend rest of the time redeeming a work which ends up making more of a statement in the picture than you first thought possible. When I work I wish to try to make every part of the picture count. There is no background or foreground, a picture is nothing less than a sum of smaller parts - everything has a right to stand and be seen. I hope to accomplish a body of work that fair represents the places and people I have recorded. With an honesty that is not diluted or airbrushed. I strive to learn and grow and expand to larger and more complex visualisations of my world. Each piece is hand drawn and evolves as it is created, and completed with meticulous attention to detail. This creative process along with subject matter creates a unique attention grabbing original piece of art for your home and workplace. Ben Paynter joined Society6 on January 6, 2015

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As an artist I record the world around me, exploring the relationship between people and the environment. The artwork began as a way to simply record what I saw while travelling some years ago. My travels have so taken me so far from several parts of the United Kingdom, to Canada and to Spain. As the art has progressed over time it has become more stylistic and incorporating patterns and visual motifs. These elements combine to break down complex subjects into simplified forms to express the conflicting emotions that accompany an ongoing journey.

I have always found drawing and painting and important part of my life. I was mentored in figurative and skill life classes from young age at school. I studied and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire, England in Applied and Media Arts (2:1). I am influenced from different sources including graphic novels, Art Nouveau, contemporary graphic design, Impressionism and Expressionism. Artists of particular note to me include James O'Barr, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Vincent Van Gogh among others.

"All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve... I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance." – Francis Bacon

For several years I have worked in different mediums including permanent markers such as biro and ink pens to record every part of a works’ development. My work embraces what happens by chance and by intention. To me small mistakes along the way are not a negative; they define the direction you take. They tend to happen first, and then you spend rest of the time redeeming a work which ends up making more of a statement in the picture than you first thought possible. When I work I wish to try to make every part of the picture count. There is no background or foreground, a picture is nothing less than a sum of smaller parts - everything has a right to stand and be seen. I hope to accomplish a body of work that fair represents the places and people I have recorded. With an honesty that is not diluted or airbrushed. I strive to learn and grow and expand to larger and more complex visualisations of my world.

Each piece is hand drawn and evolves as it is created, and completed with meticulous attention to detail. This creative process along with subject matter creates a unique attention grabbing original piece of art for your home and workplace.

Ben Paynter joined Society6 on January 6, 2015.

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