Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Jason Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971 and now lives and works in Sydney. He has been exhibiting since 1989 and has won the Mosman Art Prize in Sydney three times and in 1997 the prestigious Kings School Art Prize for landscape painting.
Benjamin's evocative works are visually stunning, modern neoclassical pieces. Whether his choice of subject is a sweeping landscape, a floral composition or a beautiful nude, Benjamin's paintings have a mysterious, haunting edge to them. They possess a monumental cinematic quality that is unique, with accompanying titles that conjure up an alternative viewpoint. His work shows a sensitive understanding of form and light, possessing subtle tonalities within these strong compositions.
It is only rarely that an artist of such high calibre is accompanied with nation-wide appeal, but Jason Benjamin has been singled out as an artist whose work is both appealing and collectible. Art Collector (formerly "The Australian Art Collector") magazine shortlisted Benjamin in their 'Top 50 Most Collectible Australian Artist' alongside the critically acclaimed names of Blackman, Olsen, Whiteley, Boyd and Nolan.
Jason Benjamin has exhibited in Australia as well as overseas in London, Tokyo, Singapore and New York. He also has received many commissions including sixteen paintings for the new cruise ship Queen Mary II. In April 2005 he was awarded the 'Packers' prize in the 2005 Archibald Prize for his portrait of actor Bill Hunter called 'Staring Down the Past'.
His work is such hot property in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that his exhibitions are frequently sold out prior to the opening night.
Jason Benjamin's work is well represented in significant public collections, including:
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Macquare Bank
Sydney Art Bank, Sydney
Ballarat Art Gallery
Ballarat Shepparton Art Gallery
Shepparton Mornington Peninsular Art Gallery, Victoria
The Derwent Collection, Tasmania
Gold Coast City Gallery