Benjamin Parker

Benjamin Parker

The frog and the crane
Graphite, oil and mixed media

Reclining minotaur
Graphite, oil and mixed media

The high fryer
Graphite, oil and mixed media

Sand, cotton, oil paint, varnish, mixed media

My work reflects on the struggle between the need to distance ourselves from our animalistic, primitive nature (or dominate it), and the inherent desire for contact with it. My drawings are primitive but human, animal but iconic, godly and ordinary, just like us all. In my paintings, primitive, naturalistic forms, rough but delicate, struggle to erode and compartmentalize the surface, while subtle interventions of line, even broken, convey a presence of being.

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After a BA (hons) in Fine Art from the University of York and an MA in Art and Space from the University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, I gained an MA in Children’s Books Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.

I developed a career as a fine artist, with success both as an individual and as part of the ‘Byclops’ group, specializing in painting and film. I then trained as a teacher of primary and secondary education and practised art therapy for children with special needs. I am currently working as an author and illustrator at Byclops Illustration.

During the past year I exhibited my work at the Affordable Art Fair, represented by Dadbrook Gallery, as well as in collective shows at the Gallery on the Corner, London, and at the Avery Contemporary Art Gallery, Kent.

My illustration work is regularly published in the ILLUSTRATI Magazine (Italy) and my first illustrated book is due to be published by the end of 2012 by Jaimimage, a South Korean publisher.

I was the only British artist selected for the final round of the 4th CJ Book Awards Competition, a prestigious international prize based in Seoul, Korea (2011). One of my works was selected as Saatchi Online ‘Work of the week’ (November 2011). My illustration work was awarded a Merit in the 3×3 Illustration Student Show Annual, organised by 3×3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, New York, USA.