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Welcome Ben Tankard

Anala Art Advisory would like to introduce you to Ben Tankard.

I had the pleasure of spending some time at Ben’s studio in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Using Acrylic on Canvas, Ben is able to take the viewer back in time with his visually stunning and vibrant interpretations of classic paper back novels.

The paintings are distorted representations of the covers, transformed with thick brushstrokes and often random lettering, retaining the essence of the original but also becoming something new.

Ben is interested in how people respond to what they cannot understand, or are unprepared for.

Former director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon, said of ‘Unpopular Penguin’, ” an evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin Paperback…it was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and it’s sort of nostalgic humour”

Ben Paints in acrylics and oils, on canvas and board. Inspired by Rick Amor, Mark Tansey, Nicholas Harding, Robert Hannaford, Paco Pomet and many others.

Anala Art Advisory looks forward to all enquiries about Ben’s unique work.

Please find Ben’s C.V below.

Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts – University of Western Sydney, 2000

Career Highlights –

2011 –
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize
Finalist in Hornsby Art Prize and Gosford Art Prize

2012 –
Finalist in Sulman Prize
Finalist in Mosman Art Prize
Finalist in Gosford Art Prize
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize

2013 –
Finalist in Calleen Art Prize
‘Towing the Line’ group show at Old Cellars Gallery, Pambula
Work included in Blackheath Art Society Winter Exhibition
‘Little Plenty’ group show at Arts on Burgundy, Melbourne
Works included in Springwood Art Show
Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize
Semi-finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2014 –
Finalist in Gallipoli Art Prize
Finalist in ‘Art in the Hills’ show at Oakhill College
Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize

2015 –
‘Endless Summer’ solo show at Me Artspace, St Leonards, Sydney
‘Guarding the Home Front’ group show at Casula Powerhouse
Works on show at the Norman Lindsay Gallery Cafe, Faulconbridge
Finalist in Hawkesbury Art Prize
Highly Commended in Blacktown City Art Prize
‘Simply Black and White’ group show at Me Artspace

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