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Sydney artist Jason Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971. In a childhood littered with both emotional and geographical upheaval, the artist’s family moved from Australia to the United States and Mexico.
Studying briefly at Long Island’s Stony Brook School and New York’s renowned Pratt Institute, Benjamin returned to Australia in the early '90s with paintings in hand and ambition in his heart.
Jason Benjamin has been exhibiting since 1989, is a three time winner of the Mosman Art Prize in Sydney and 1997 winner of the prestigious Kings School Art Prize for landscape painting.
Visually stunning, Benjamin’s modern neoclassical works are highly evocative pieces. What began as echoes of his mind morphed into explorations by the artist. From majestic landscapes to floral compositions and ethereal nudes, Benjamin's paintings are imbued with a mysterious and haunting edge. The titles of the artist’s works invite an alternative viewpoint to the subject of the piece. Benjamin displays sensitivity and understanding of the interplay of form and light.
Benjamin’s prolific career saw Australian Art Collector name the artist as one of the 50 most collectable artists in Australia, in the company of such noted artists as Blackman, Olsen, Whiteley, Boyd and Nolan. In 2003 Benjamin became the youngest Australian artist to have sold a single work for $50,000. His neo-classical paintings have earned Jason Benjamin an enviable reputation as a foremost artist and a universal popularity among both collectors and the public.
Jason Benjamin’s works can be found across a diverse landscape of appreciation, from private collections, including the home of American actor Kevin Spacey to public collections in the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Derwent Collection, Tasmania, Artbank, Sydney, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Macquarie Bank, Victoria, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland and Parliament House Art Collection.
Benjamin extensively exhibits throughout Australia, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York
Benjamin’s work has been widely recognized with major awards including:
2005 Packing Room Prize, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2004 Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2002 Finalist, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Thought-provoking and emotionally as well as visually expansive, Jason Benjamin’s evocative landscape paintings have moved from solely being expressions of his inner reflections to celebrate the essence and meaning of the land itself.