Benjamin Schmitt is an artist, professional art installer, and independent curator. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art with an emphasis in painting and color theory from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Washington 2003. Ben’s work was featured in several group exhibitions in Seattle, including City Center, Wright Gallery and Axes Gallery. His work is part of the Mary Alice Cooley permanent art collection. After moving to Las Vegas, NV in 2011 his work was featured in Trifecta Gallery February 2012, The Skull group show Feb 2013 and The Year of the Rooster for the city of Las Vegas Cultural Arts in 2016.
Benjamin has immersed himself in the growing arts scene in Las Vegas from both art-making and business perspectives. He is a full time artist and is also employed with Global Art Transport and Plumb Level Art Installation where he has been the lead art installer since 2012. Benjamin has had the pleasure to see first hand original works of art from notable artists such as Chuck Close, Yayoi Kusama, and Ken Price. These experiences inspire him and foster his own creative processes.
Ben is part mad scientist, part postmodern landscape artist. Each painting created represents his unique observations of the body's and nature's movements. As he studies these details he has an uncanny way of pulling them apart the molecule by molecule. This process is both meditative and tedious and draws upon his methodical and meticulous nature. Painting is not an option for Ben, it is a subconscious impulse that must be explored and shows in his relevant and timeless work.
Celestial: Process based abstraction
The beautiful, the distorted, the deep layers of life. Benjamin Schmitt has a unique way of showing us nature’s rhythms that lie beneath the surface. This takes us on an emotional journey of the abstract and organized chaos that, when combined, is timeless and relevant. This is accomplished through mapping the intelligence of the human experience focusing on the dichotomy between the seen and unseen.
The work thus far is fed by a fascination of the body and natures movement, and the stereotypes which are hidden in plain sight. The intense detail is methodical and meticulous, yet simultaneously poetic and free. Like an Indian Mandala there is significance with the spiritual and ritualistic nature of the molecular design being put onto the canvas. Balancing these shapes, colors, and line tension the surface composition is formed.