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Ben Jeffery [Biography]

Ben Jeffery

Ben was born in 1986 and grew up in Barnet, north London. He always had a keen interest in art ever since his grandfather introduced him to the work of John Varley, the renowned 18th Century watercolour artist, as the Varleys are related to the Jeffery family.

He first realised he wanted to be an artist in secondary school. A few classmates and him used to have bets to see who could draw the best portrait of someone. He really enjoyed going to school and showing them to see their reaction. He painted a portrait of his dad for a mock GCSE which got admired by the entire art class.

He continued to study Art to degree level. He received a lot of guidance and advice throughout the years but his technique is mostly self taught. When studying Art at College and University, he was mainly left to his own devises. He was given a subject and asked to come up with a portfolio of work and to develop an idea to a few final images. Teachers didnt teach him techniques, which meant he had to learn on our own.

He always wanted to paint with oils and come up with colourful detailed paintings, this wasnt always well received by his tutors, but his classmates were always quite impressed with what Ben came up with. It was then that Jeffery picked up methods and techniques to get the mark making he wanted with oil paints. Its a case of trial and error a lot of the time, trying new ways of controlling the paint, from there his style has evolved.

A lot of the time a painting evolves as he paints it. Ben always has a basic composition in mind but he lets brush come up with the shapes and he chooses colour almost on the spot. Other times Jeffery sees an image in his head and quickly sketch it out.

He normally works in two stages: he first paints the entire canvas in base colours. After it has dried, he paints a second layer, adding more and more detail. After he finishes a painting, he leaves it a day or so before look at it again, this helps Ben pick up on areas that need changing.

His work is fairly diverse, ranging from portraits to landscapes, in both pencil and oils. He loves working with vivid, bright colours to create a unique and modern style. He is huge Sci-fi movie fan and he loves special effects.

There was a time after he finished University when he wanted to be a concept artist for films and video games. Ben tried digital painting and got very good results, but paint just has a depth and feel that cant be beaten. He still search on internet for concept artwork and get a lot of inspiration from that type of imagery. Jeffery also gets a lot of inspiration from views around him: his parents have a house in the Herefordshire countryside and one on the Isle of Harris and both have stunning views which constantly give him ideas and inspiration.

'Dark Knight'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Graham Hill 1968 Win'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Jackie Stewart 1973 Win'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Jim Clarke'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Joker'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Lobster 1'

Acrylic on Canvas

'London Rain'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Ollie Owl'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Roger'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Rothchild Gackle'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Senna 1993 Car'

Acrylic on Canvas

'St Paul's Sunset'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Stallion'

Acrylic on Canvas

'Superb Birds'

Acrylic on Canvas

Agent of Chaos

Giclée on Canvas

Amy Winehouse

Giclée on Canvas

An Awakening~

Acrylic on Canvas

Caped Crusader

Acrylic on Canvas

Contemplation

Giclée on Canvas

Contemplation Deluxe

Giclée on Canvas

Diana~

Acrylic on Canvas

Evening Light

Giclée on Canvas

Evening Light Deluxe

Giclée on Canvas

Eye of the Tiger

Giclée on Paper

Eye of the Tiger

Giclée on Canvas

Father and Son

Giclée on Paper

Forever ~Special

Acrylic on Canvas

Gentle Awakening

Acrylic on Canvas

Gentle Awakening

Acrylic on Canvas

Gentle Giant

Giclée on Paper

Gentle Giant

Giclée on Canvas

Glen

Giclée on Paper

Glen

Giclée on Canvas

Glory Days

Giclée on Paper

Hamish

Giclée on Canvas

Hamish

Giclée on Paper

Harley Quinn~

Acrylic on Canvas

Harry~

Acrylic on Canvas

Hector~

Acrylic on Canvas

Hit Me~

Acrylic on Canvas

King of the Jungle

Giclée on Paper

King of the Jungle

Giclée on Canvas

Luke Skywalker~

Acrylic on Canvas

Marilyn 2

Giclée on Canvas

Mdness 2~

Acrylic on Canvas

Penny Wise~

Acrylic on Canvas

Pride

Giclée on Canvas

Pride

Giclée on Paper

Red Bull

Giclée on Canvas

Red Bull

Giclée on Paper

Shoreline Freedom

Giclée on Paper

Silence is Golden

Giclée on Paper

Spidey

Acrylic on Canvas

The Dark Side

Acrylic on Canvas

View Of St Pauls~

Acrylic on Canvas

Web slinger Spiderman

Acrylic on Canvas

Why So Serious

Giclée on Canvas

Wind and Waves

Acrylic on Canvas

Wonder Woman~

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

'Disapearing World 2 '

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

'Moulin Rouge'

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

'Tides Coming In'

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

Distance~

Acrylic on canvas Board

Reserved

Horizon~

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

Justice League Of America~

Acrylic on Canvas

Reserved

The Hill's We Walk~

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold, but please enquire about similar works

4 Of A Kind~

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold, but please enquire about similar works

Bee Sting

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold, but please enquire about similar works

Lewis Hamilton~

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold, but please enquire about similar works

Soulmates~

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold, but please enquire about similar works

The Long Walk Home~

Acrylic on Canvas

Ben Jeffery

Ben was born in 1986 and grew up in Barnet, north London. He always had a keen interest in art ever since his grandfather introduced him to the work of John Varley, the renowned 18th Century watercolour artist, as the Varleys are related to the Jeffery family.

He first realised he wanted to be an artist in secondary school. A few classmates and him used to have bets to see who could draw the best portrait of someone. He really enjoyed going to school and showing them to see their reaction. He painted a portrait of his dad for a mock GCSE which got admired by the entire art class.

He continued to study Art to degree level. He received a lot of guidance and advice throughout the years but his technique is mostly self taught. When studying Art at College and University, he was mainly left to his own devises. He was given a subject and asked to come up with a portfolio of work and to develop an idea to a few final images. Teachers didnt teach him techniques, which meant he had to learn on our own.

He always wanted to paint with oils and come up with colourful detailed paintings, this wasnt always well received by his tutors, but his classmates were always quite impressed with what Ben came up with. It was then that Jeffery picked up methods and techniques to get the mark making he wanted with oil paints. Its a case of trial and error a lot of the time, trying new ways of controlling the paint, from there his style has evolved.

A lot of the time a painting evolves as he paints it. Ben always has a basic composition in mind but he lets brush come up with the shapes and he chooses colour almost on the spot. Other times Jeffery sees an image in his head and quickly sketch it out.

He normally works in two stages: he first paints the entire canvas in base colours. After it has dried, he paints a second layer, adding more and more detail. After he finishes a painting, he leaves it a day or so before look at it again, this helps Ben pick up on areas that need changing.

His work is fairly diverse, ranging from portraits to landscapes, in both pencil and oils. He loves working with vivid, bright colours to create a unique and modern style. He is huge Sci-fi movie fan and he loves special effects.

There was a time after he finished University when he wanted to be a concept artist for films and video games. Ben tried digital painting and got very good results, but paint just has a depth and feel that cant be beaten. He still search on internet for concept artwork and get a lot of inspiration from that type of imagery. Jeffery also gets a lot of inspiration from views around him: his parents have a house in the Herefordshire countryside and one on the Isle of Harris and both have stunning views which constantly give him ideas and inspiration.

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