With its present focus on abstract landscapes and dreamlike resin pieces, the current artwork of Greg Benz is simply the next chapter in the artist’s career. His creative journey through music and visual art have given him a broad palette from which to create bold pieces on both canvas and wood- panel.
Utilizing nontraditional painting techniques, which center on mixing acrylics and liquid polymers, his large landscapes feature an authoritative use of color. They are marked by textured surfaces so thick with paint that cracks — (reminiscent of arid parts of the Earth’s surface) — are a striking feature.
His highly acclaimed work in resin is more explosive. The images are primordial, with the mash-up of colors and patterns giving the impression of acts of violent creation in deep space as plasma entities collide.
Having worked in other media — including digital prints — since graduating from Ontario’s Bealart, Benz has also had a rich career as a DJ and producer of electronica. This has allowed him to travel a great deal and be a player in a wide range of creative endeavors.
Benz is also the owner of Fresh Ink Apparel, a t-shirt screen-printing company specializing in his own distinctive graphic design (and yes, it helps to pay the bills).
GREG IS REPRESENTED BY SHANE NORRIE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY IN STRATFORD, ONTARIO, GALERIE BLOOM IN MONTREAL & PETROFF GALLERY IN TORONTO.
IN 2016 GREG WAS ASKED TO JOIN UNKLECOLLECTIVE, WHICH IS A SMALL GROUP OF ARTISTS THroWING POP UP ART EXHIBITiONS ACROSS ONTARIO.
"With my latest work I'm trying to push the boundaries of the abstract landscape idea. Using acrylic paint and mixing it with different polymers and resin to push how we look at landscapes and nature. My smaller series focuses more on a representational horizon line but is still semi abstract and has more texture and earthy feel. It started off based on our Canadian winter landscapes here in Ontario and has grown from that idea"
Beal Art Graduate, 1998
2018 Abstract Group Show @ Petroff Gallery (October) / Toronto, Ontario
2018 Luminous Group Show @ Petroff Gallery (march) / Toronto, Ontario
2017 Solo show @ Shane Norrie Contemporary (April) / Stratford, Ontario
2016 group show @ anderson brewery (December) / London, ontario
2016 group show @ unklecollective Show(SEPTEMBER) / London, Ontario
2016 Group Show @ Unklecollective Show(APRIL) / Toronto, Ontario
2016 Group Show @ Unklecollective Show(MARCH) / London, Ontario
2015 Solo Show @ In Home Artist Tour / Show, London, Ontario
2015 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2014 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2013 Interpretations, Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2013 Group Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2013 Group Show @ Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2012 Solo Show @ The Blu Duby, London, Ontario
2012 Six Month Showing @ Leonardo Galleries, Yorkville, Ontario
2012 Group show @ Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2011 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2011 Group show(Fall Art Sale) @ Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
2010 Group show(Fall Art Sale) @ Art Gallery of Hamilton , Hamilton, Ontario
2009 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2008 Solo Show @ The Arts Project, London, Ontario
2008 Group show @ Chameleon Nation, Kingston, Ontario
2017-Present @ blu duby north, london, ontario
2010 Tru Restaurant, London, Ontario
2012 - Present @ Blu Duby Restaurant, London, Ontario
2000 - 2017 Over 100+ pieces to various clients