An emerging artist on the Manchester urban art scene, Ben’s artworks combine traditional painterly techniques with photography and digital software. Through his work, Ben is creating a discerning record and study of the urban landscapes and districts of the North. He aims to create pieces that are visually appealing and evoke emotions and a sense of familiarity. A self taught artist, Ben’s distinctive style intentionally slips from precise photorealistic detail to less defined washes of colour, aiming to challenge the idea of what is real. Growing up in Greater Manchester and living and working in Salford, Ben’s work typically depicts cityscapes that are familiar to locals and visitors alike. Ben uses a balance of detail, symmetry and movement to create artworks featuring contemporary urban landscapes. His stylistic interpretations reference traditional techniques alongside digital processes and continue a conversation that other artists began. Referencing the work of Lowry, he acknowledges the routine and ordinary of daily life, capturing landscapes that are looked at but not always seen. Art is subjective and that is what makes it wonderful and accessible to all. Whilst his work is often highly representational, made for visual appeal, there is a deeper statement being made about society’s regular ability to ignore the breath-taking beauty of the world around it. Speaking through the work, Ben aims to encourage the viewer to take pleasure in and encourage a deeper appreciation of the beauty of everyday life. The creation of his artwork uses traditional techniques, such as physical paint and brushes as well as hand crafted digital brushes to create desired shapes and effects. Ben has exhibited at numerous open call exhibitions both nationally and internationally and his creative work has been published electronically, in print and through on-site installations. In 2018 he represented Salford in the Quays Culture led exhibition featuring artwork from one artist from each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. His work has been also included in the Warrington Contemporary Art Festival and the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition. In addition to his arts practice, Ben works on community engagement projects and participatory arts schemes alongside creative arts and wellbeing organisations.