Acrylic on panel
Original size: 40 x 40 cm
Photographer: Ben Cove
Ben Cove has worked as an artist since 2001. Initially based in Manchester, he relocated to London in 2006 where he currently lives and works.
Cove has made work across a broad range of media, frequently making works that form coexisting relationships. Painting and sculpture have been his primary concern over recent years.
As George Vassey writes, ‘According to Alfred H Barr’s definition, Cove’s paintings would be ‘near-abstractions’, as they retain some vestige of recognisable form. A ‘near-abstraction’ displaces something to a symbol, back to material and then to semiotic, or; it is what it is until it is not. When we look at Cove’s work, we see this displacement enacted at every turn – figure turns to abstract, background and foreground merges, and all of those impossible geometries. We never know where we stand these days.’
Cove graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MFA in 2008 having previously completed undergraduate degrees in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, 2001 and Architecture at The University of Nottingham, 1995. Solo exhibitions include: Vernacular Hangover, Acme Project Space, London, 2013; Practical Mechanics, Cell Project Space, London, 2006 and New Plastic Universal, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2004.