• BEN REEVES

    valley nights

    october 1 - 24, 2020

  • The culture and landscape of the West Coast has always been a powerful source of inspiration in Ben Reeves’ work....
    BEN REEVES working on tire tracks IN HIS TSAWWASSEN STUDIO

    The culture and landscape of the West Coast has always been a powerful source of inspiration in Ben Reeves’ work. He grew up in Lynn Valley on the North Shore of Vancouver and currently resides in Tsawwassen, a suburb outside of the city. Best known for the physicality of his surfaces, Reeves often applies large mounds of paint to represent snow or rain making no attempt to disguise its material construction. His exploration into the relationship between an image and the paint itself continuously pushes his practise forward and encourages new techniques. 

     

    The paintings in Valley Nights almost exclusively take place at twilight, the time of day when figures and animals become ambiguous silhouettes. This setting is the perfect playground for Reeves’ style that often verges on abstraction. While the subjects in his paintings are inspired by his surroundings or memories from his childhood, the dream-like palettes of blues, purples and pinks immediately transport the viewer and call into question whether these spaces are real or imagined. With his adept hand and deep understanding of paint, Reeves is able to capture the experience of rain, snow and light with his raw application more convincingly than if he had rendered them the way they actually appear.

  • © David Hartman, Hayfire

    • Ben Reeves Lights, 2019 oil and acrylic on canvas 39 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Lights, 2019
      oil and acrylic on canvas
      39 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.
      $ 10,000.00
    • Ben Reeves Yard, 2019 oil and acrylic on canvas 20 x 24 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Yard, 2019
      oil and acrylic on canvas
      20 x 24 in.
      $ 7,000.00
  • Ben Reeves, Dog Walkers, 2020

    Ben Reeves

    Dog Walkers, 2020
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    66 x 84 in.
     
    $ 22,500.00
  • My paintings are of imaginary spaces but borrow heavily from where I live, Tsawwassen. It is similar to my childhood neighbourhood — the house where I now live was built the year I was born. My present is haunted by the past and, because I have two teenage sons, it is also haunted by the future.

    - BEN REEVES

    • Ben Reeves Ravine, 2020 watercolour on paper 30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Ravine, 2020
      watercolour on paper
      30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
      $ 4,500.00
    • Ben Reeves Streetlight, 2020 watercolour on paper 30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Streetlight, 2020
      watercolour on paper
      30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
      $ 4,500.00
  • Ben Reeves, Exhale, 2020

    Ben Reeves

    Exhale, 2020

    watercolour on paper
    22 1/2 x 30 1/2 in.

     

    $ 4,500.00
    • Ben Reeves Tire Tracks, 2020 oil and acrylic on canvas 74 x 96 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Tire Tracks, 2020
      oil and acrylic on canvas
      74 x 96 in.
      $ 26,000.00
    • Ben Reeves Guelph Snow, 2019 oil and acrylic on canvas 52 x 68 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Guelph Snow, 2019
      oil and acrylic on canvas
      52 x 68 in.
      $ 18,500.00
  • Ben Reeves, Pink Adelaide, 2019
     

    Ben Reeves

    Pink Adelaide, 2019
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    52 x 68 1/2 in.
     
    $ 18,500.00
  • The paintings use colours like deep blues that seep into surfaces, optically recede and open imaginary spaces behind the picture plane. These paintings are conscious of their surface as a threshold. I aim to activate the canvas with pours of paint and thin mineral washes that soak in, but I also squeegee thick paint across it. I scrape, collage and stick dried paint into the surfaces.

    I often confuse the space of painting with the space of the world. I am interested in abstraction where forms have autonomy and (on one order) are non-signifying. The way paint pushes across a surface is similar to how snow covers a street and tire tracks are like drawn lines. I find that painting echoes reality very closely in that both are a mixture of the actual and imaginary.

    - BEN REEVES

    • Ben Reeves Lynn Valley Days, 2018 watercolour on paper 30 x 22 1/2 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Lynn Valley Days, 2018
      watercolour on paper
      30 x 22 1/2 in.
      $ 4,500.00
    • Ben Reeves Summer Fair, 2018 watercolour on paper 22 1/2 x 30 in.
      Ben Reeves
      Summer Fair, 2018
      watercolour on paper
      22 1/2 x 30 in.
      $ 4,500.00