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I do like to use humour as an entry point into a work that has levels of meaning and reference. Humour is a universal thing people can relate to. There is enough overly serious art out there already.

Ben Skinner

About the Artist

Ben-Skinner

Ben Skinner (b.1977) is a Canadian artist who explores the nature of language through the use of text and materiality. His works often combine mechanical production methods common in sign making with traditional materials and techniques, such as hand-applied gold leaf and silk marbling. The phrases within the works seamlessly weave together humor and pain to explore the incongruities of daily life. He graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 2000, and with an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.

News and Notables
  • Exhibited at Gallery Jones, 2020

  • Solo exhibition, Show Me A Little Poise Without All The Noise, at Winsor Art Projects, 2018

  • Collaborative Artist in Residence at The Annex, 2017