Greg Benz, born 1977, lives in London, Ontario and is a Beal Art Graduate. Greg has been painting for over a decade. He is an artist whose work engages the viewer through the use of non traditional painting techniques and the viewers imagination. His abstract landscapes and digital prints have quickly gathered a dedicated base of collectors.
Greg also runs a successful T shirt screenprinting company(www.freshinkapparel.com) where he controls all graphic design. This is a great outlet for ideas and inspiration for his paintings and digital work.
HIS WORK WHICH IS MOSTLY ACRYLIC ON CANVAS OR WOOD PANELS AND eNVLOVES A PROCESS OF MIXING DIFFERENT LIQUID POLYMERS WITH acrylic PAINT AND CREATING HIGHLY DETAILED ABSTRACTS, often using Resin to finish his work to a high gloss.
HIS LANDSCAPE SERIES TItlED “MONO” SHOWs OFF TEXTURED TERRAINS WITH CRACKS by using different MIXED MEDIUMS. THEY HAVE A VERY DISTINCT HORIZON WHICH IS BLENDED INTO THE LIGHT OR DARK. THIS SERIES IS DONE ON CANVAS AND ARE FINISHED WITH BLACK FLOATING FRAMES TO TIE EVERYTHING IN.
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