is an American emerging artist who is originally from Kentucky.
He currently lives and works in Champaign, Illinois. He received his BFA from the University of Louisville in 2012; he is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and expects to graduate in May 2017. His work has been exhibited across the US, including in Cincinnati, Louisville, Palo Alto, Wichita, Ann Arbor, and Champaign. His second solo show, entitled “Paintings for the Internet,” opened on April 4th, 2015 at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester NH.
In his Confetti series, he creates ebulliently colorful abstract paintings with acrylic paint atop Yupo paper. He begins the compositions with thick brushstrokes, and occasionally layers a grid-like pattern either atop or below the brush marks in order to create a sense of depth. The top layer of each composition is comprised of colorful and uniform arcs of color that are reminiscent of rainbows; they create a sense of dynamism and movement. The strength of Benjamin’s Confetti paintings lies in the inherent tension that is created between the highly gestural mark-making of the paint strokes, and the uniform and orderly colorful arcs that float at the surface of each composition.
More about Benjamin Cook and his works here.