JASON BENJAMIN

Born 1971

Jason Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971 and now lives and works in Sydney. Benjamin has been exhibiting since 1989. In April 2005 he was awarded the ‘Packers’ prize in the 2005 Archibald Prize for his portrait of actor Bill Hunter called ‘Staring Down the Past’. He has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize in Sydney three times and in 1997 won the prestigious Kings School Art Prize for landscape painting.

Benjamin’s evocative works are visually stunning, modern neoclassical pieces. Whether his choice of subject is a sweeping landscape, a floral composition or a beautiful nude, Benjamin’s paintings have a mysterious, haunting edge to them. They possess a monumental cinematic quality that is unique, with accompanying titles that conjure up an alternative viewpoint. His work shows a sensitive understanding of form and light, possessing subtle tonalities within these strong compositions.

It is only rarely that an artist of such high calibre is accompanied with nation-wide appeal, but young artist Jason Benjamin has been singled out as an artist whose work is both appealing and collectible. The Australia Art Collector magazine shortlists Benjamin in their ‘Top 50 Most Collectible Australian Artist’ alongside the critically acclaimed names of Blackman, Olsen, Whiteley, Boyd and Nolan.

Jason Benjamin has been exhibited in Australia as well as overseas in London, Tokyo, Singapore and New York. He also has received many commissions including sixteen paintings for the new cruise ship Queen Mary II.

His work are such hot property in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that his exhibitions are frequently sold out prior to the opening night.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS – SELECTED
2016 Balentes: Life Of An Ancient Soul (Sardinia) Tusculum House, Sydney
2015 “Practicing Calligraphy” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2015 “The Dreamers” Australian High Commission, Singapore
2014 “Poems in an Elemental Garden” Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney
2014  “Awoke in Light” Buratti Fine Art, Perth
2013  “Everyone Is Here” Touring survey exhibition Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Dubbo, Cowra, Bathurst, Blue Mountains, Hazelhurst
2013 Artist in Residence, RedGate Gallery, Beijing China
2013 “Great Adventures” Jan Murphy Gallery
2012 “Post History” Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2011 “The Waiting Garden” Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2011 “I thought you’d always be here” BMG ART, Adelaide
2011 “Jason Benjamin – Drawings” Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay
2010 “We Build Cities” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2010 “Shelter” Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay
2009 “The Kiss of Life” BMG ART, Adelaide
2009 “The Calling” Artist in Residence, The Art Vault, Mildura
2008 “Written on Land” Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay
2008 “Who you’re supposed to be” Art Obsession, Hillside Forum, Tokyo
2008 “Have you become my body?” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2007 “Set Yourself Free” Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2007 “Seven Paths to her Heart” Art Obsession Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 “If the air could speak” Galleria Tondinelli, Rome, Italy
2006 “Where do dreams go?” BMG ART, Adelaide
2006 “Borderland” Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2005 “This is a place” Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2005 “Because of you I see a light” Metro 5 Gallery, Sydney Art Fair
2004 “Lost time” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2004 “In a heartbeat” Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2003 “Don’t look down” Nicola Townsend & Art Obsession Gallery, Daikenyama, Tokyo, Japan
2003 “The Clearing” Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2002 “Lifting up the Sun” Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2002 “Unbound” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2002 “This is love” Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2001 “I found the world so new” Tim Olsen Gallery & Amanda Wolfe-Daimpre, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Soho, Central, Hong Kong
2001 “Stronger than you think” 28 Charlotte St Gallery, London, UK
2001 “Make it home” Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2000 “Belong” Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2000 “Hold” Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2000 “The hand upon your back” Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1999 “First came joy” Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
1998 “There are things you don’t see coming” Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1998 “Hopeful Prey” Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1997 “Ghosts amongst the angels” Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1996 “Covered by the rushes” Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1993 “The apple trees” Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1990 Trinity College, Dallas, Texas, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS – SELECTED
2013 Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2012 Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2011 Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2010 Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2005 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2005 Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
2005 Moree Plains Gallery
2005 Cowra Art Gallery
2005 Albury Regional Art Gallery
2005 Victorian Arts Centre
2005 Jan Murphy Gallery
2004 “Post-Modern and Contemporary Australian Art”, Savill Galleries, Sydney
2004 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2003 “William Creek and Beyond”, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery touring exhibition, Shepparton Art Gallery, Tamworth City Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery Museum, The Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra Cowra Art Gallery.
Savill Contemporary, Melbourne
2003 Art Miami, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Miami, USA
2002 3-person show, Bunkamura Gallery, in conjunction with Nicola Townsend and Hirokazu Degawa Tokyo, Japan
2002 4×4 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Art London 2002, London, England
2002 The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize,
2002 First Birthday Exhibition, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Art London 2001, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England
2001 Nicola Townsend, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Landscape Painting, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Hills Grammar Art Award, Sydney
2000 Meet 2 x 2, Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney
2000 Ten Australian Artists, Australian high commission Singapore
2000 Nicola Townsend, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Kings School Art Prize, Sydney
2000 Norvill Landscape Prize, Murrundi
2000 Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Brisbane
2000 Fleurieu Landscape Prize, South Australia
2000 Tattersalls Landscape prize, Sydney
1999 Millennium Art Prize
1999 University and Schools Club, Sydney
1999 Westpac Art Prize, SCEGGS Redlands, Sydney
1999 Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
1999 Kings School Art Prize, Sydney
1998 Salon de Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1998 Painting is not Dead, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1998 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1997 Kings School Art Prize, Sydney
1997 Jeans for Genes, Gianni Versace, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Devoured by Paint
1997 Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1996 Mosman Art Prize, Sydney
1995 Exhibition with furniture, David Jones, Sydney
1994 Mosman Art Prize, Sydney
1994 Exhibition for David Jones Spring Flower Show, Sydney
1993 Mosman Art Prize, Sydney
1993 Salon de Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1991 Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1989 Mars, New York City

COLLECTIONS
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Derwent Collection, Tasmania
Artbank, Sydney
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Macquarie Bank, Victoria
Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria
Shepperton Art Gallery, Victoria
Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery
Art Space Makay. Regional Art Gallery and Museum
Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery
Parliament House Art Collection

AWARDS
2014 Finalist, Archibald Prize
2013 Finalist, Fleurieu Landscape Prize
2013 Finalist, Archibald Prize
2012 Finalist, Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery
2012 Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2011 Finalist, Archibald Prize
2011 Finalist, Tattersall’s Landscape Prize
2011 Finalist, Albany Art Prize
2010 Finalist, Tattersal’s Landscape Prize
2006 Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2005 Packing Room Prize, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2004 Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2002 Finalist, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
1997 Kings School Art Prize

COMMISSIONS
2004, Unfinished Journey, overseas project, exhibition and publication
2003, Queen Mary 11, London, sixteen paintings for new cruise ship
2002 William Creek and Beyond
2001, Lake Eyre and Beyond, collaborative project involving ten prominent artists for exhibition, a publication and print folio
2001, Burswood Hotel, Perth
2000 Chanel, Australia