Benjamin Arnold
HISCOX - Annual Fine Art Insurance Dinner
Summer | 2013

Benjamin received his BA (Hons) degree from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London - one of Britain’s leading art schools. There he studied Drawing "as visual thinking", developing a profound interest in figurative painting, and studying the work of the Old Masters in the museums of London while his fellow students pursued mostly conceptual ‘contemporary’ practices such as video, performance art and sculptural-installation.

After graduating Benjamin embarked on a career painting portraits from photographs and furthering his self-education, but after several years found an irresistible pull to dedicate time to focusing on improving his abilities more formally. 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 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholarship, allowing him to conclude his studies at the school, and in June 2015 he received his graduate diploma. This final QEST-funded year of study involved an increased focus on portraiture and a more sophisticated technical understanding of the painter’s materials. Benjamin moved to the USA in late 2015, and works from his studio in Hyde Park, NY. He takes portrait commissions from around the world, and pursues personal artistic projects.


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