Benjamin Arnold (b. Newcastle upon-Tyne, 1983) is a British artist, currently living and working in Florence, Italy.
Having received his BA (Hons) from Camberwell College of Arts, Benjamin embarked on a career as a professional artist, specialising in painting portraits from photographs. After discovering The Florence Academy of Art, and looking to gain insight into the traditional methods of oil-painting, Benjamin attended a one-month Summer course at the school. This introduction to working from-life made a dramatic impact, and in September 2011 he returned to enrol as a full-time student on the Drawing & Painting Program. In August 2013 Benjamin was awarded a QEST scholarship, allowing him to continue and conclude his studies at the Florence Academy. This final QEST-funded year of study involved an increased focus on portraiture and a more sophisticated understanding of the artist's materials. This, in turn, has led Benjamin to the development of a more nuanced and personal artistic expression, though one predicated upon on the skills developed in the preceding years.
Since being awarded the QEST scholarship, Benjamin has been invited as a guest artist to attend the Alpine Fellowship (Lavey-Village, Switzerland), as well as the Hudson River Fellowship (Jackson, New Hampshire, USA). As a result his interests have broadened to include painting the landscape and the forms of Nature. His work has also been included in the group show 'Represent', London, September 2014. Benjamin intends to return to the UK in Summer 2015 and to set up a studio, where he will take portrait commissions and pursue his own projects.