New York-based Ben Needham’s precise paintings render houses and wedges of topography with a graceful application of acrylic, gouache and pencil, though the subject matter is decidedly masculine. Layers of terrain are sliced like cake, shown floating on a page of white or plunged into a rich and swirling jewel-toned sea. Sometimes these geographies are strewn together with what looks like red string drooping into the abyss between each land mass it secures. Needham dissects the elements that we usually don’t give any consideration–sidewalks, sheets of sod, whole plots of land–and seems anxious to find what hides beneath. Ben Needham’s work is included in the current exhibition, Outside the Time Zone, at Camel Art Space in Brooklyn. The show is curated by Christopher Rawson and Julian Calero and also features work by Ben Berlow, Chris Burnside, Tania Cross, Sam Martineau, Sarah McDougald Kohn, Chris McGee, Adam Taye, and Jessica Witkin.
Ben Needham was born in Vietnam and lives and works in New York. He earned his MFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and his BS at Skidmore College. He also studied at Parson’s School of Design in Paris. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at ICHYS Gallery, Tokyo; City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia; The Lab, San Francisco and Gallery op nord, Stuttgart, Germany.