Benjamin Frey

Artists Name: Benjamin Frey
From: Buena Vista, VA
Medium: 2D Mixed Media
Website: www.benjaminfrey.com
Booth Number: 205-206
Benjamin Frey

I became a professional artist in 2003, but have been involved in art since childhood. Born in Maine in 1979, I grew up in an artistic family, and by the age of 10 had decided to become an artist. The path from dreams to reality is never direct, but I have always loved drawing, and painting, and was fortunate to find my way into a selective arts program in high school, where I found the first of my artistic mentors: the contemporary landscape painter Alan Bray. Later, I discovered mixed media and collage through another artist-mentor, Roderick Slater. Rather than study art formally at the university level, I jumped into a program of Philosophy and Classical Literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis, where, incidentally, I began to study the craft of binding books.

Wanderlust, and a long-standing desire to learn French, inspired me to drop out of college and move to Paris where I spent the year admiring everything French and re-affirming my focus on the visual arts. From there I moved to New York to seriously pursue a career as an artist, where I ended up apprenticed to the exceptional and innovative book artist Richard Minsky. The irrepressible desire to paint, draw and evolve artistically eventually led me away from bookbinding and back into more two-dimensional creations, focused on mixed media, drawing, and painting techniques. My last formal studies in art were at the Art Students League of New York.

My current studio is in Buena Vista, Virginia, where I have spent most of my time since 2010, but I over the years I have established studios in France, New York, Michigan, Montreal and Philadelphia.

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