My guest today is an amazing, photo-realistic painter named Benjamin Johnson. Born in Philadelphia, Ben spent his formative years in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, where he developed an eye for the little things. Ben’s highly detailed oil paintings are inspired by the natural world and our place in it. He often incorporates scientific or historical themes, and frequently collaborates with field researchers. Two fun facts about Ben are (1) before he paints his stunning pieces of art, Ben actually makes his own canvases in his backyard shop and (2) when he’s done painting an object from the real world, Ben travels to place the object back where he found it. I found Ben to be warm and welcoming, engaging, and full of insight. I truly enjoyed my conversation and I hope you enjoy it as well.
In our conversation, we discussed Ben’s signature, a Circle and Square, dualities with a lot of space in between, visual art, painting, the long human conversation, just a box in a cage, individuals, set and setting, human beings, potential, what we could be, what we see ourselves as, paintings making the artist, the the paintings should be signing the artist, The center of our own circles, every human in the center of their own circle, never standing in anyone else’s circle, the stories we accept can become our boxes, art at its best is consciousness changing, Abstraction as spirituality, adaptation to life and adaptation is life, discovery is removing boxes, there’s so much more out there, So many ways to look at the same work of art, and art occuring when somebody has enough power over something.
Guest Name: Benjamin Johnson
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