Exhibition: Ben Crawford, Eighty Eight Miles Per Hour

Ben Crawford, Eighty Eight Miles Per Hour
Exhibition Dates5th November - 29th November

"The idea for this show started with a memory: when I was a little boy in Ireland, I went to a forest with my older brother and some of his friends. A discarded jerrycan had been discovered with a little petrol left inside. Somebody thought to recreate the fire trails made by the DeLorean in the Back to the Future movies. The last drops of petrol were poured out in two lines and matches were thrown. In my mind, the whole event is so vivid and yet hazy at the same time- almost dream like.

As an image, I thought it would make a great painting. But then I began to consider the greater narrative possibilities of revisiting moments in ones life and trying to capture that same dream like quality. The act of painting could almost be a device to transport myself and others to those places and events.

Even though these paintings are quite nostalgic, they are also tinged with a sense of regret in some cases and feelings of contentment and joy in others, which I suppose, if it were possible to time travel, would be the reasons you would revisit your past."

Ben Crawford is a figurative painter. He mostly paints about his life, exploring the story telling possibilities of distorted memories and dreams. Surreal elements transform the landscapes he paints into somewhat mystical realms, bursting with colour and charged with mystery. Figures, architecture and landmarks drawn from his life imbue Ben’s paintings with a sense of narrative, anchoring his work tentatively to reality.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Ben studied painting at CCAD and graduated with a first class honours degree in fine art in 2007. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in southern Queensland in Australia, painting from his studio situated in the verdant landscape of Currumbin Valley.

These paintings are vignettes, loosely connected by the fact that they depict memories and events from my life. From hazy childhood dreams, to life as a father and everything in between.
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Blue Jeans: Cross Country by Ben Crawfordoil on canvas 120x80cm framed$2400
Climbing Peter’s Tree by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 81.5x81.5cm framed$1700
Eighty Eight Miles Per Hour by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 122x152cm framed$3100
Heroes and Villains by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 106x81cm framed$2250
Il y a Ma Mère by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 51x40.5cm framed$950
Little Palaces by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 61x45.5cm framedSold
Lost Mudflats and Gumboots by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 61x61cm framed$1350
Oak Tree (Poem for W) by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 106x86cm framed$2250
Oh Brother, Won’t You Come Back Home by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 61x61cm framedSold
Pregnant With Peaches by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 61x45cm framedSold
Rabbit Holes and Kryptonite by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 91x122cm framed
Rootstock (Dad’s Apples) by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 45x61cm framedSold
The Honeymooners (Pomegranate Thieves) by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 107x107cm framed$2450
The Jeweller’s Wife by Ben Crawfordoil on canvas 122x91cm framedSold
We Once Wandered Wondering by Ben Crawfordoil & acrylic on canvas 61x61cm framedSold