In association with Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, Heskin Contemporary is pleased to present Recent paintings by Ben McLaughlin. The exhibition will be on view at Heskin Contemporary from May 21st through June 27th, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 6-9 pm.
Ben McLaughlin’s paintings are cinematic, steeped in ambiguous atmosphere and emotion. His work suggests human alienation, presenting everyday subjects dislocated through cropping and unusual viewpoints. The titles themselves, drawn from newspapers, radio, crossword puzzles and other equally unexpected sources, confront the spectator with conundrums that deepen the sense of uncertainty.
Painters and photographers have played an influence on the artist ranging from Sickert to Hopper and Steichen to Stieglitz, as well as contemporary coulture; the overheard conversation, half-glimpsed headlines and hotel rooms that form a backdrop to our lives.
This exhibition of recent works presents a rewarding and revealing exploration of the work of one of Britain’s most exciting young figurative artist.
Mr. McLaughlin received his BA from St. Martin’s School of Art, London. He has also been the recipient of the Anni and Joseph Albers Foundation’s artist residency. The artist was born in the UK, and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe. This is Mr. McLaughlin’s first solo exhibition at Heskin Contemporary.