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Knoxville, TN | Painting

Ben Seamons (1976-2016)

Born in Washington D.C. in 1976, Ben grew up in Chicago, studied painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a staff member of Oxbow School of the Arts for several years. Those experiences shaped his artistic practice and how he saw himself as an artist in the world.

He later received his MFA from the University of Tennessee and felt that was the season where he came into his own and decided the figure would be a long term subject for him. After graduation, he resided in Knoxville, TN for a time, along with his wife, Kate Seamons and two daughters, Eloise and Sasha.

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"My recent paintings depict human figures that arise out of a painting process that sets the subject matter and the paint on a collision course. The use of gestural abstraction in relationship to the figure conjures unanticipated moments where figures are caught in metaphysical experiences. The figure and the gesture emerge and dissolve, they co-evolve with their meaning, recognizing each other as counterparts. They become embedded or hidden within layers of paint that are deposited over time. The paint is the medium that transmits a kind of psychic reality and elicits themes of boundary dissolution: between material and spirit, the body and space; between the violent and the ecstatic, the concentrated and the diluted."

— Ben Seamons, March 2016

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