‘Abstract Figurativism: Loving Fiercely’ a solo show by Ben Wakeling

BSMT Space
‘Abstract Figurativism: Loving Fiercely’ a solo show by Ben Wakeling image
Covid 19 Information
Regular cleaning of gallery and touch points with hospital grade sanitiser.

Doors and windows of gallery open for ventilation
Event has ended
This event ended on Sunday 3rd of March 2024
Admission to the opening night and exhibition is free

BSMT Space

Nearest Tube/Rail Stations
Dalston Junction 0.12 miles

This February BSMT will be opening the long-awaited solo show ‘Abstract Figurativism: Loving Fiercely’ by Ben Wakeling. A space where Abstraction and classic Portraiture collide, the inner workings of his world are beautifully transmuted onto canvas, exploring and re-inventing the concept of self-portraiture. He lets his hands draw in an automated way, reminiscent of the surrealist exercise of revealing inner consciousness through automatic writing. However, what Wakeling expresses is his identity in self-portraiture, suppressing conscious control in the process.

As an Artist in Residence of the North London Trust NHS Arts Programme (that he helped to create) he collaborates with patients experiencing episodes of mania or psychosis. Wakeling encourages them to channel the energy of these moments into art, regardless of the format. This is the ethos of Wakeling’s work, showcasing his personal struggles with bipolar disorder and making his practice truly unique. His work takes us on an inward journey, prompting us to question how we perceive ourselves beyond our physical form.

This all-encompassing exhibition will feature a collection of eight large-format paintings alongside a selection of never seen before drawings.

Visit the Exhibition

We invite you to join us for the opening night of ‘Abstract Figurativism: Loving Fiercely’ on February 22nd, 2024. The show runs from February 23rd to March 3rd. Drinks for the opening night will be supplied by our good friends at 3AM Brewery.

To RSVP for opening night please email: [email protected].
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