Benjamin Deakin is an artist specialising in paintings and drawings of fictional spaces. Much of his work is the result of an ongoing interest in the way in which landscapes and environments acquire cultural significance and how this affects our relationship to them in visual media. His work is informed by personal experiences of travelling to parts of the world where such interpretations can be multi-layered, and western and indigenous relationships with such places can co-mingle or contradict one another. These interests have taken him to the Himalayas, the Arctic Circle and the Deserts of Bolivia among other places.
In 2015 he will be Artist-in-Residence at Listhus in Northern Iceland researching new work which will explore the cultural fascination with the far North.
He studied Fine Art at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins respectively gaining an MA in 2006. He travels as widely as he can when researching new work. In 2008 he was awarded a three-month residency at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Canada’s Yukon Territories, in 2012 he spent the winter cycling through the Andes. Between bouts of wanderlust he lives and works in London.
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