Ben Blethyn

All the above images available in low edition (10 or 20) prints. 

Large (92cm x92cm)    Small (61cm x61cm) 

Ben’s work is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Loosely dovetailing into the Urban Art genre, his frenetic, subversive style embraces graffiti, Manga and street fashion, heavily influenced by electronic music and early 90s Rave culture, surf and skate iconography, vinyl toys, computer games and film.

Media used

Broad range of media and techniques used to create art for personal and professional work. He tends to work with pen and paper initially before scanning and working further digitally in programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. These days more and more of his work is purely digital, so it’s been refreshing for him to go back to painting keeping the computer’s involvement to a minimum.

Ben has been working as a professional illustrator since 1994; after attaining an HND in Graphic Design at Plymouth College of Art and Design. His career has followed an eclectic path from t-shirt design at a Surfwear label, freelance illustration and Computer Games graphic design and concept art. He works in a wide range of media from pen and pencil to highly finished Digital Art, but exhibiting his personal work, in this painted form, is a new and exciting direction for the artist. He currently enjoys painting directly onto wood using matt acrylics, the bold, solid colours reflecting the graphic, cel-shaded style of comics and anime.

Ben’s family are from the Midlands but he currently resides in Portsmouth and is employed as a senior concept visualiser at one of the UK’s leading independent computer games developers, working for a diverse range of clients such as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Lucas Arts, Universal, Namco, Activision, THQ and the BBC.

Ben previously exhibited at the Gardens Gallery,Cheltenhamin July 2008.

Education

GloucestershireCollegeof Higher Education – Foundation in Art and Design (1991-92)

PlymouthCollegeof Art and Design – HND Graphic Design (1992-94)

Original works, Giclee prints of very small editions and very recently six of his most recent works are now available as quality greetings cards.

For further information on Ben’s work visit www.benblethyn.com