BENJAMIN HOPE R.P., R.S.M.A., R.O.I., N.E.A.C., P.S.
Born in 1976, Benjamin took an unconventional route to a career in fine art. As the son of artist Jane Hope, he was introduced to painting at an early age, but he decided against Art School and instead pursued his interest in Mathematics and Physics, culminating in a PhD from Cambridge University. His long-term plan throughout was to become a painter and his artistic training happened concurrently through experimentation, practice and reading. Since 2011 he has been a full-time artist.
Benjamin says: "I draw and paint directly from life, both in the studio and outside. Working in this way results in marks that are reactive, and for me, it is the best way to capture what it feels like to be with the subject. I also create much larger studio paintings based on small plein air studies. In these I try to recreate the energy and atmosphere of the smaller work using a more complex layering of paint."
He is a member of the New English Art Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Royal Insitute of Oil Painters and the Pastel Society.