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BEN SEAMONS Website CV

Knoxville, TN | Painting
Bio:

Born 1976, Washington D.C. I grew up in Chicago and I studied painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I was a staff member of Oxbow School of the Arts for several years. These experiences have shaped my artistic practice and how I see myself as an artist in the world.

I later received my MFA from the University of Tennessee and I feel that is where I have come into my own and decided that the figure was going to be a long term subject for me. I currently live and work in Knoxville, TN, with my wife, Kate Seamons and my two daughters, Eloise and Sasha.

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Statement:

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.

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