painting of a road Under a Railway bridge

Benjamin Hope NEAC PS ARSMA


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Artist Statement

"I draw and paint directly from life, both in the studio and outside. Working in this way results in marks that are reactive, and for me, it is the best way to capture what it feels like to be with the subject. I also create much larger studio paintings based on small plein air studies. In these I try to recreate the energy and atmosphere of the smaller work using a more complex layering of paint."


Benjamin took an unconventional route to a career in fine art. As the son of artist Jane Hope, he was introduced to painting at an early age, but he decided against Art School and instead pursued his interest in Mathematics and Physics, culminating in a PhD from Cambridge University. His long-term plan throughout, though, was to become a painter and his artistic training happened concurrently through experimentation, practice and reading. He has been a full time artist since 2011.


2018: Frinton Frames Award, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
2017: Winsor & Newton Non-member Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition
2016: First Prize in the Jackson's Pastel Portrait Competition
2016: Mall Galleries Greetings Card Award: New English Art Club
2014: Pintar Rapido First Prize (The Pintar Prize)
2014: Jackson's Prize, United Society of Artists Open Exhibition
2014: Runner Up, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize

Other Society Memberships

The Pastel Society
Oxford Art Society
Blackheath Art Society

Solo Exhibitions

2015: Observations, JP Art Gallery, London

Joint Exhibitions

2018: Island Fine Arts, Chichester (Bemis, Hope)
2017: Works, Gallery Different, London (Hooper, Hope)
2017: Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight (Cole, Hope, Pearce)

Group and Open Exhibitions

British Plein Air Painters: 2018 (Capturing the Moment, Menier Gallery)
Lynn Painter Stainers Prize: 2014, 2017
New English Art Club: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Pastel Society: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Royal Academy Summer Show: 2013
Royal Institute of Oil Painters: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours: 2017
Royal Society of British Artists: 2014, 2018
Royal Society of Marine Artists: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers: 2013
Royal Society of Portrait Painters: 2015, 2017, 2018
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition: 2015
United Society of Artists: 2014
Pintar Rapido: 2014
Colourfield Gallery: 2017 Winter Exhibition
JP Pop-up Art Galleries: 2014 (Blackheath and Belgravia)
Oxford Art Society: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Blackheath Art Society: 2013, 2014


Work held in private collections in the UK, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA


A. Gibbons, An Artist's View of London, All Ways Traveller, 30 June 2017
J. Walsh, Notebook, From Clapham to Cornwall..., The Independent on Saturday, 21 November 2015, Radar p.10
C. Hales, Local Colour, Absolutely Battersea & Clapham, November 2015, p.16
H. Peacocke, The Critic's Choice, Oxford Mail review of OAS Members’ Exhibition, 09 April 2001, p.26


Palette-knife Portraits, The Artist, October 2016, p.37
Plein Air Pastels, The Artist, July 2016, p.23
The Science of Art, Johnian News #37, Michaelmas 2015, p.14
Exhibition catalogues: Observations, 2015; Works, 2017
Taken at Face Value, Fulham Residents’ Journal, July 2012, p.13
Get Hyperreal, Belgravia Residents’ Journal, June 2012, p.13