Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Black Bananas.
Ben Brough is a self-taught American artist born 1 mile from the beach in 1978. He and his family moved to Hawaii's Kona coast in '84 ito help his grandparents open a clothing store for locals. By the 4th grade he decided he was going to be an artist and was already addicted to surfing and skateboarding. Ben left school at 15 after an itch of wanderlust and traveled for the next 12 yrs and developed a love for different cultures and customs. He now lives and works in southern California with his wife and raising two daughters, painting and art directing brands in the Action Sports world.His influences vary from Dadaists to German expressionists, Cartoonists to kids art and cannot go one day without listening to music. Ben has shown his art world wide in Hawaii, New York, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan , France, Spain and California.
Ben's work of brightly colorful abstract paintings resemble a mix of Hannah-Barbara cartoons on acid, ancestral cave paintings and automatic art making. The creative force behind his work stems from a life lived abroad, fast paced and ever changing climates. Much like the ever flowing and moving ocean waves that Ben loves to surf on, his art resembles the common ups and downs of everyday life through a stream of consciousness and touches on subjects simple yet powerful from life, death to celebration with food and drink, coming together as a tribe, personal growth, use of symbols from cultures to deepen the narration and comedic nonsense from the subconscious. With a primitive approach to art being mostly self taught, there is a constant out flow of drawing, painting and ever changing creative roles he plays to survive day to day.
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at thuvanarts.com. His art films can be seen at thuvanarts.com/take1
Eric Minh Swenson at Huffington Post