Faculty of Pleasure, 2013
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Original size: 140 x 180 cm
Photographer: Benet Spencer
Benet Spencer (b. St Albans, 1969) lives and works in London. His current practice concerns architecture as an emblematic form. Located at the intersection of real and imaginary worlds, his paintings collage found images into fictitious environments. The paintings are layered and evolve through an investigation of the possibilities for both language and image as means of pictorial expression. An eclectic sensibility dominates with the use of computers and the sampling of images integral to the development of the work.
Spencer studied Fine Art at Birmingham Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1995. Since 1994 he has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, the Static Gallery, Liverpool; Shanghai University Gallery; and 2060 Vision Gallery, Antwerp. His curated exhibitions include: Tiergarten, 2060 Vision Gallery, Antwerp; Weekending, Globe Gallery Newcastle and touring to RMIT Project Space, Melbourne; Fantasy Island, Metropole Galleries, Folkestone; Reconstructing the Old House, Nunnery Gallery, London, and the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; and The Thing is the Thing at the ASC Gallery, London.
He is currently course leader in BA Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University.