Ben Reeves’ work takes inspiration from memories of growing up in the suburban fringes of Vancouver. He paints largely from memory, often using heightened color and building pictures that foreground the materiality of paint and surface. He is interested in how reality is not fixed and experience is hallucinatory. His paintings,
though representational, embrace abstraction and often resist easy pictorial resolution.
Reeves’ work is noted for a broad range of painterly and surface effects. Often very thick, juicy brushwork is juxtaposed with thin, mineral washes, or coarse burlap surfaces are built-up with paint and scraped back down. Recently, he has begun to collage colorfully stained pieces of canvas into his paintings with an interest in how
these gestures can have an autonomous, formal independence within a representational image.
Reeves has exhibited his work extensively in Canada (Vancouver Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Museum London, Oakville Galleries, Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal, and Galerie d’UQAM among others) as well as in the US, England and China. His work has been featured and reviewed in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail.
Reeves received a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MA from Chelsea College of art and Design, UK. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery, Canada; Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal; Canada House, London; Museum London; Surrey Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery and other public and private collections.
Reeves is currently Associate Professor in the Audain Faculty of Visual Art, and Assistant Dean: Curriculum, at Emily Carr University. He lives outside of Vancouver, Canada.
Rebekah Callaghan & Ben Reeves | Ephemeral Ground15 Jul - 31 Aug 2020Maybaum Gallery is pleased to present Ephemeral Ground, a joint exhibition featuring artists Rebekah Callaghan & Ben Reeves. Philadelphia-based artist Rebekah Callaghan paints flowers and foliage, but her subject matter is color, light and the passage of time. Painting from gardens and plants, these recognizable elements are reduced to their...
1995 MA Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. UK
1993 BFA, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank • Departmant of Foreign Affairs: Canada House, London UK • The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture • The London Institute • Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal •Museum London • National Gallery of Canada Open Studio, Toronto • RBC Private Counsel •TD Canada •Surrey Art Gallery • Scotiabank •Vancouver Art Gallery • Private collections in North America and Europe
Selected Solo & 2-Person Exhibitions
2020 Ephemeral Ground, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco
2020 Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2018 Something Edge, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2018 Floating among Phantoms, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam (catalogue)
2017 Between Dog and Wolf, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2016 Shimmer and Paste, (two-person with Evan Lee), Rhichard Rhodes Dupont Projects, Toronto
2016 Glimmer, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2014 Lost Owls, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2014 Between, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto
2012 dissolve, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2011 Ben Reeves, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto
2010 everyday hallucinatory,Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2009 oil and water, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto
2008 Elements, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2007 Ben Reeves: Smoke, Cars, Flowers Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto
2006 Complicated Matter Museum London, London, On. Curated by Melanie Townsend (catalogue)
2005 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver 2005 Drawing Painting, Oakville Galleries, Oakville. Curated by Kim Simon (essay)
2002 Dawson City, Odd Gallery, Yukon
1999 You’re Soaking in it, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver (essay by Christopher Brayshaw)
1999 Come Upstairs…, Anodyne Contemporary, Vancouver
1998 Meanwhile, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
2020 Works on Paper, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2019-20 New Acquisitions, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2019 Landscape as Muse, with Matt Bahen, Douglas Bentham, Greg Hardy, Rachel MacFarlane and Ben Reeves, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto 2019
2016 Major Works, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2016 A Specific Amalgam of Spirit and Dirt group painting show, aka artist run centre, Saskatoon artists: Keeley Haftner, Ben Reeves, Ambra Wellman, Sean Weisgerber, curated by Keeley Haftner
2015 Views from the Southbank III: Information, Objects, Mapping, Surrey Art Gallery, September
2015 Pushing Paint, Equinox Gallery September artists:Kim Dorland, Pia Fries, Gordon Smith, Ben Reeves, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Angela Teng
2013 goût de la peinture, Galerie de l’UQAM, Virtual Museum of Canada (a virtual survey of recent Canadian painting accompanied by a physical exhibition at Arsenal, Montreal, 2013)
2012 Opening: Jessica Bradley Annex, Toronto
2012 Raw Data. Artistic Transformation, ECU Concourse Gallery, Vancouver
2011 Painters 11: a string theory, ECU Concourse Gallery, on the occasion of Crossing Over symposium at ECU 2011 Art, Revolution and Ownership: Artists in Conversation with Copyright, Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver
2011 Some Paintings, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver 2010 LARGER THAN LIFE, with Chuck Close, Marcel Dzama, Fred Herzog, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, Equinox E2, Vancouver
2009 Take Your Time, SFU Gallery, Burnaby, BC (catalogue) Carte Blanche: Magenta Survey of Contemporary Canadian Painting, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
2008 Facts And Figures, Museum London, London Ontario
2007 Works on Painting, CSA Space, Vancouver, 3 person exhibition -Rebecca Donald and Evan Lee
2006 Open Studios, Toronto, On (2 person Exhibition with Sharry Boyle) HABITAT, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto Du côté de Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Galerie René Blouin, Montreal, Que.
2005 In Line, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto, On Surrey Seen, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C. Inaugural Exhibition, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, On. Shifiting Space, Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China. (3 person show with Patrick Mahon and Gu Xiong) Curated by Gu Xiong.
2004 Outline in Black, Thielsen Galleries, London, On. Curated by Jamelie Hassan High Points: Canadian Contemporary Art, Ten Years of Acquisitions, Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal RBC Great Canadian Painting Competition: 5th Anniversary, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC Lines Painted in Early Spring, (cat. essay by curator Patrick Mahon) Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen SoundKamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops
2003 For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, (cat. essay by curator Daina Augaitis) Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Lines Painted in Early Spring, (cat) Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Koffler Gallery, Toronto 2000 RBC Private Counsel, Great Canadian Painting Competition, Harrison Gallery, Vancouver
2000 In Open Air, (2 person show with Harold Nix) Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
1998-99 Edge City: New Art From (& About) Suburbia, (cat. essay by curator Christopher Brayshaw) Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey
1997 Configuration: New Art from Vancouver, (cat. essay by Christopher Brayshaw) Catriona