2020-2021 Turps Banana Art School
2015-2018 BA Fine Art Loughborough University
"Benji Thomas dwells in a part of the UK where the confluence of nature, its raw power, its beauty and civilisation meet to create scenes which are in their own right works of art. What better place for an artist whose practice is built around finding things?" - Jack Trodd, Brushes with Greatness
Benji Thomas is an artist originally from London, currently based in St Leonards. He works with painting and drawing media, tapping into the mystery and intrigue that lies below the surface of our everyday spaces.
“Everyday scenes have always been the most interesting subject for me - nondescript corners of the world, arranging themselves arbitrarily, can create some of the strangest and most stirring images. On one ten-minute walk there’s an infinity of discoveries to be made. It’s all about being curious with the world, reacting instinctively, and finding new ways of seeing.”
Benji graduated with a BA from Loughborough University in 2018, appearing on Landscape Artist Of The Year during his degree, and currently studies with the Turps Banana Art School. Originally from Bromley, Benji moved to St Leonards-On-Sea during the pandemic, where he began creating coloured pencil works based on his immediate surroundings.
His work is held in collections in London, Berlin, Paris, and New York
"Into The Cosmere", Brushes with Greatness, 188 Shoreditch High St, London
AOAP in partnership with Auction Collective, Winter Auction for Hep C Trust, Soho, London
"The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog", TURPS Correspondence Group Show
"Small Pleasures" All Mouth Gallery Tiny Artwork Exhibition
"I'm Not Much Good, Charlie" solo exhibition, Liminal Gallery
"Divergent World" solo exhibition, Brushes with Greatness in partnership with Little Bread Pedlar Pimlico, London
"Works on Paper 3" group exhibition, Blue Shop Cottage, London
Winter Art Fair at D.O.G, Hastings Old Town