Benjamin Klein

Spots
Sept. 15, 2022 to Oct. 29, 2022

Opening: September 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

This fall, in the first exhibition of his work at the gallery, Benjamin Klein will present a series of abstract paintings. During the last ten years, Klein mainly showed his figurative works, but he has never stopped painting abstractions. Known for his nocturnal landscapes filled with anthropomorphic figures, with this group of recent works the artist takes a new direction, reconnecting in a highly promising way with Automatiste practices. Seeking a level of truth devoid of both irony and naïveté, Klein has made it his mission to evoke the mysteries of painting. 

Art critic Meeka Walsh says of his work: "I’ve looked at Benjamin Klein’s work for a number of years and I trust it. His paintings have that out-of-mode quality of being earnest, being honest and genuine, such that they almost vibrate with it. That tremour is a remarkable thing. What I respond to in the work is his being receptive to something transcendent, other-wordly; he understands the necessity to dream." 

Illustration : Benjamin Klein, Papillon, 2022, Oil on canvas

Biography

Benjamin Klein was born in Chicago and grew up in Montreal. He works both in Montreal and Brooklyn, NY. Klein's landscape paintings depict a colourful and ambiguous world of uncertain proportions, psychology and materiality. His world is populated by anthropomorphized, animal-like characters that interact and metamorphose in fragmented scenes, filled with semiotic and symbolic potential. Incorporating many ideas and influences, his more recent series of abstract paintings explore a range of approaches to creating a compelling and energetic, personal formal language.

He holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, 2005) where he graduated with great distinction and was awarded the Guido Molinari prize in Studio Arts. He completed his MFA in Studio Arts at the University of Guelph (Ontario, 2013). In 2010, Benjamin Klein was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. 

Works related to this exhibition

Benjamin Klein

Chantecler

Oil on canvas
2022
152,5 x 183 cm (60 x 72 po)
$ 9500.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

R1

Oil on canvas
2022
40,5 x 51 cm (16 x 20 po)
$ 2400.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Icarus

Oil on canvas
2022
122 x 152,5 cm (48 x 60 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

Jardin

Oil on canvas
2022
122 x 107 cm (48 x 42 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

Pirouette

Oil on canvas
2022
152,5 x 183 cm (60 x 72 po)
$ 9500.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Otto Matisse

Oil on canvas
2022
35,5 x 46 cm (14 x 18 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

Glass

Oil on canvas
2022
152,5 x 122 cm (60 x 48 po
$ 8000.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Fraction

Oil on canvas
2022
122 x 107 cm (48 x 42 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

Slip

Oil on canvas
2022
61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 po)
$ 4000.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Lost in the Supermarket (for S.A. Parizeau)

Oil on canvas
2022
152 x 152 cm (60 x 60 po)
$ 8500.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Spot

Oil on canvas
2022
101,5 x 127 cm (40 x 50 po)
$ 6500.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Star Shell

Oil on canvas
2022
61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

Fox (Renard)

Oil on canvas
2022
92 x 107 cm (36 x 42 po)
$ 5500.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Papillon

Oil on canvas
2022
61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 po)
$ 4000.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Gateway

Oil on canvas
2021
76,2 x 76,2 cm (30 x 30 po)
$ 4300.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Serpent

Oil on canvas
2022
35,5 x 45,7 cm (14 x 18 po)

● not available

Benjamin Klein

N.D.G. (No Damn Good)

Oil on canvas
2022
40,5 x 51 cm (16 x 20 po)
$ 2400.00 CAD not framed

Benjamin Klein

Red Shift / Décalage vers le rouge

Oil on canvas
2022
91,5 x 107 cm (36 x 42 po)

● not available

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