Australian Artist Ben Thomas (b. 1981) focuses on urban spaces. Having experimented in his earlier practice with techniques including tilt-shift and kaleidoscopes, the featured series “Chroma” (2015) and “Chroma II (2016) decode cities, highlighting colour and tonal flatness. Locations including Melbourne, New York, London and Florence are depicted with a surreal plane wherein everyday palettes are enhanced into ostensible brilliance. Block colours and smoothed shadows transpose the recognisable environments of contemporary society into artifice, whilst luminous aquamarine skies and pastel yellow concrete introduce the shapes of buildings into plastic worlds. By intensifying colours and distorting the boundaries between reality and abstraction, Thomas poses questions about how society defines the places in which we live: how far do we have to digitalise our surroundings until they are noticeable unnatural?
— Aesthetica Magazine

Ben Thomas is a photographer and visual artist born in Adelaide, now living in Melbourne, Australia  

Ben's work has centered around the cities and urban spaces that we live in. His "Cityshrinker" series (2007) was internationally acclaimed and considered to be one of the pioneering projects exploring the now popular tilt-shift technique. Ben's study of urban spaces continued with "Accession" (2012) utilising mirror and kaleidoscopic techniques to highlight how repeating patterns and objects act as the basis of our our urban surroundings. Most recently Ben has developed his latest series "Chroma" (2015) and "Chroma II (2016), a further deconstruction of cities and urban areas with a primary focus of the use of colour and flatness that poses questions of how society defines the places in which we live.

Ben has recently completed campaigns/assignments for The New Yorker Magazine, Sony, Cake, Singapore Airlines, Penguin Books and Chronicle Books.

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

DURAN MASHAAL GALLERY CANADA

THE PRINT ROOM (BEETLES & HUXLEY) UK

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AWARDS:

Finalist - Hasselblad Masters 2018 (Winners TBA)

Winner - LensCulture Emerging Talents 2016 Jurors’ Pick

Finalist - 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Winner - 2015 125LIVE Olympus Vision award (London) honouring an established artist for pushing the boundaries of the medium through innovation, technical expertise and originality.

Honorable Mention - 2015 International Photographer of the year - Fine Art, Conceptual Category. 

Winner - 2015 Desktop Create Awards - Photography Category.

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RESIDENCIES:

April & May 2015 - Villa-Lena Foundation, Tuscany Italy.

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