Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out.
Especially in his series Personal Mythology, paintings seem to touch on feelings of doubt and divergences within a personality, giving rise to a quiet search for resolution, perhaps found in a greater sense of identity. What is it to have two versions of yourself? To see yourself as both large and small, or another creature entirely?
The Sydney-based artist has been receiving awards around his native Australia and also seen the completion of numerous successful shows around the world. See more of his work here.