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Ultra-Simplified Style: Illustration by Ben Wiseman

An illustration of a man's legs stepping on a woman's hands on a ladderUntitled

Ben Wiseman is an artist and graphic illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY.  His bright, ultra-simplified style has graced the covers of magazines including TIME and Newsweek.


I’m really impressed by Wiseman’s ability to convey an idea in the most concise possible image. A majority of his graphic works feature a single subject placed in the center of a monochromatic plane. Oftentimes, the subject itself will be reduced to a silhouetted form, or a three-dimensional shape with different tones providing the illusion of volume.


A modern update of a famous pointillist paintingUntitled

I also find the “People” section of Wiseman’s website quite charming. He uses the same simplified treatment for his human figures, reducing them to skin tone and the silhouette of a body or the lines of clothing. Yet, even devoid of almost all context, these figures still manage to have a great deal of impact and presence, especially with the occasional extraneous detail that is thrown in, such as a tattoo or a mole. 


A graphic illustration of Wonder Woman sitting alone in a theatreUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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