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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Ben Reeves

An installation view of three paintings by Ben ReevesBetween Dog & Wolf (installation view)

Ben Reeves is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Reeves uses a heavy, layered application of paint and mixed media, along with deep and cohesive colour palettes, to create works that express familiar themes and landscapes in a new and fascinating light.

A painting consisting of a large blob of mixed oil paintUntitled


I’m really enjoying the works in Reeve’s recent series Between Dog & Wolf. The works in this series comprise a number of dense landscapes and scenes, varying in size from relatively small, to wall-sized compositions. Several of the works seem to depict an arrangement of tents amid sparse, alien-looking trees. The heavy, dark blue palette and repetition of similar forms creates a mysterious atmosphere in these paintings, and their placement in the gallery across from a smaller, brighter landscape builds further intrigue.


In previous works, Reeves has looked at the way water -- specifically, raindrops -- serves to refract light and images. In some paintings, a gesturally-painted figure is partially obscured by large, textured blobs of thick oil paint, serving as raindrops on a car window or another surface.

A painting of city lights seen from a forested areaUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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