The Belmont Features RISING Gallery Artist, Benjamin Purvis, in “Backwater”
Benjamin Brantley Purvis grew up in the small town of
Often painting in his outdoor studio at night under a blanket of stars, experimenting with hues, textures, oils and spirits, Purvis creates his signature pieces. The current series was created out of frustration with what he’d painted using his signature oils. Unsatisfied with what he had produced, Purvis threw the turpenoid used to thin his paints directly on the canvas. Later, while staring at the changed painting, he had a creative breakthrough. He picked up his palette knife and added sky and water to the piece. The resulting work became the first of a series, and the birth of a genre of abstract impressionism for which the emergent artist is increasingly recognized. In addition to employing his signature palette knife, Purvis’ process includes a unique combination of brush strokes and paint movement—flinging and flicking paint, along with a calculated spray of turpenoid on the canvas.
RISING…a gallery is located at
Jamie Arendt, 214.634.6262 or
Bryan Wetz, 214.215.1771