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Oil on paper

Signed on the back.

This artwork comes with an external frame

I treated Johns portrait as a landscape; a mountain looking back at us, questioning our presence.
I wanted John to emerge from the warm, burning haze of the background, and used
layers of glazing, washes and ‘lost edges’ to make sure he was integrated, and not set apart from the atmosphere.
I painted him to embody a strong, imposing presence – leading up from the lower reaches of the hands, by way of an undulating and constantly moving line.
I met John during a class I was teaching – somewhat ironically, in portraiture.

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This artwork is currently framed.

It comes with an external frame.

Framed dimensions - 46.0(W) x 65.0(H).

Artwork dimensions - 44.0(W) x 63.0(H).

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All art by Ben Howe

woman against blue background with helmetman sits in a gray room reading or writingIn order to create these works, a series of miniature sculptures were created to simulate the idea and feeling of an assembly, without any attachment to an actual event. After researching the most effective ways to depict a common figure, seven archetypes were designed, from which approximately 200 casts of the figures were made. Stripped of any intimate character, the figures serve the purpose of icons or avatars: truncated representations of a whole, into which it is easy to project a notion of the self. The dioramas were photographed and rendered in paint, using a technique that appears photographic from a distance, yet becomes more abstracted and painterly with proximity. Repetition, miniaturization, and fluctuations between representation and abstraction were used to activate links between the body, movement and memory. They are paintings of crowds without any people.
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