1971 – 2021
Jason Benjamin paintings are known by their minimalist style. Billed as one of the top 50 most collectable Australian artists, Jason Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971, before growing up in the United States and Mexico in his youth. After brief periods of study at The Stony Brook School on Long Island and the Pratt Institute in New York City, he returned to Australia in the early 1990s, where he settled until his death in 2021.
Whether his choice of subject is a sweeping landscape, a floral composition or a beautiful nude, Jason Benjamin paintings have a mysterious, haunting edge. From his first group show in downtown Manhattan in 1989 to 2016 he has had over 40 solo shows in Australia, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rome. He has twice been a finalist in the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery NSW, and in 2005 he won the Packing Room Prize with a portrait of actor Bill Hunter called ‘Staring Down the Past’.
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Celebrating Jason Benjamin
A wonderful husband, father, friend & talented artist.
It is with a heavy heart that we at Berkeley Editions, and the art world as a whole, say goodbye to one of our closest friends and talented contributors to the community, Jason Benjamin. Jason contributed greatly to the world of portraits, still life and landscape art, complimenting his works with his poetry and heartfelt writings. Outside of art, Jason’s passions were his family – his beautiful wife and children, and his chosen family of friends.
The Magnificent Life of Jason Benjamin
Jason was an incredible painter and writer, and one who remained modestly unsure of his own bright talent throughout his career. He was widely acclaimed and collected by major corporations and institutions globally. Jason felt life in all of its ebbs and flows, and this intense perception of the world around him came out in his art and poetry.
His paintings, which ranged from landscapes to still life and portrait work, were always emotionally charged and visually lush. His poetry showed his romantic takings on life and landscape, but also detailed his struggles with life and art.
Jason Benjamin was a chef and found solace in the nighttimes when he was able to paint and transform his creative outlets. It wasn’t until 1995 that he decided to become a full time painter.
Jason was born in Melbourne in 1971, however didn’t stay still in his younger years, spending periods of his childhood in the US and Mexico, as well as studying on scholarship at The Stony Brook School and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
The Incredible Works of Jason Benjamin
“Benjamin was regarded as one of our top artists, who was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
His painting of late actor Bill Hunter titled Staring down the past won the Archibald Packing Room Prize in 2005.
His other Archibald works have included artist McLean Edwards and musicians Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers.” – Daily Telegraph.
It was these portraits in the Archibald that first gained him national attention as an artist. Jason ending up having more than 40 solo shows in Australia, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rome.
Although known for his portrait paintings, it was arguably his landscape paintings where you could find most of his emotion, soul-searching and heart. The titling of his landscape works leaves the audience standing from the outside looking in to his pondering and considerations. His beautiful online portfolio gives the world a time stamped glimpse into these emotions, with titles such as “Flying In and Filling Up My Hopeless Heart”, “More That He Could Hold”, “You Were Gone”, “Because Of You, I See A Light” and perhaps in this moment one of the most relevant and beautiful, “Set Yourself Free”.
When painting a landscape he wasn’t just creating a representation of it, he was capturing what is truly felt to be in each individual location. He would describe his landscapes as “romanticized versions of reality” and would dread being called a “photo-realist” painter, although he used photographs as reference for paintings.
Jason’s work has touched and inspired many and will continue to touch those who encounter his paintings or prints.
Robyn Berkeley is grateful to have personally known and loved Jason Benjamin not only for his incredible art, but for the soft and beautiful person he was. We send our love and thoughts to his family and to all those who knew him.
A selection of articles paying tribute to Jason Benjamin
The Daily Telegraph