Ben van Netten
My goal is to create an experience that bypasses conscious thought, yet appeals directly to the subconscious. I do this by working the image until not easily identifiable, but still feels familiar.
Painting with oil on
canvas, using a wet on wet technique, I try to make the surface a smooth and seamless as possible.
My inspiration comes from the experience of observing nature. I seek to capture the moments that go unnoticed by our conscious mind. When the mind
is shifting from one view to the next or from one thought to the next.
Three Year diploma 2000 fine arts Victoria College of art
Associate Diploma 2004 fine arts Victoria College of art
Specialization: Oil Painting, Photography, Digital media,
2007 Touching Reality, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 Degrees of Transition, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005 Shift Control Landscapes, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005 Shape Shifter Hot Spot Now. Open Space, Victoria BC
2005 Look 2005 juried. EC4. Victoria BC
2005 Paintings From Film, Community Arts Council. Victoria BC
2004 Work and Play, Fan Tan Gallery. Victoria BC
2004 Milky donuts versions from almost now, 50/50 Arts Cooperative
2004 The Glue Factory, Victoria BC
2004 The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (sales and rentals) Victoria BC
2004 The Arts Revue, Community Arts Council, Victoria BC
2004 The beCause Victoria BC
2004 UVic sculpture show, EC4, Victoria BC
2003 Artropolis 2003, CBC. Studio, Vancouver BC
2003 Perspectives Gallery 1529, Vancouver BC
2003 Dark Horse, Victoria BC
2002 Onus, Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, group show, Victoria BC
2001 Eye Candy, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
2001 No Blame, Rogue Annex, Victoria, BC
2000 Victoria College of Art Alumni Exhibition , Victoria, B.C.
2000 Qiwhole - All Media Art Fusion, The Launchpad, Vancouver, BC
2000 Victoria College of Art Graduating Studentsí Exhibition, MacPherson Gallery, Victoria, BC
2000 The Talking Dog, Fernwood Community Association, Victoria, BC
Michelle Martin Natural Low Victoria News May 11 2005
RobynSwanson Movies inspire artist Victoria News, February 2, 2005
Catherine Barr Perceptions Vancouver west .com, February 26, 2001
Visiting Artist Lectures:
2005 Vancouver Island school of Art Victoria, BC.
2000 Mechosen Summer School of the Arts Mechosen, BC.