Benjamin Ferguson

“every form and zone of color is seized in its characteristic emotional force, and these are the paths by which finite things become infinity..”


Since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I was creating art impulsively, intuitionally, and constantly. Growing up in the South, teachers would complain about or compliment my art as it usually appeared on my homework, and friends and family members were often baffled that I preferred drawing to playing sports. After receiving my BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, I fled the South as far as I could – to Seattle – and exhibited in numerous small galleries and coffee shops for ten years.

A combination of influences began to affect my work: exposure to German Expressionism and post war art movements, contemporary art, and a vibrant anarchist community which focused on labor, immigrant, and prisoner rights. The emotional response to these influences were perfectly accommodated by my intuitional and subconscious approach to creating art. Soon experimental video and their soundtracks, which had begun while living in the South, became a logical extension of my drawing and painting.

While visiting New York City, I arranged to paint murals in a Chelsea coffee shop, and committed to moving to the city soon after. As the twin towers were falling on 9/11, I was packing up for the move, and have resided in Brooklyn ever since. The influences of my past have been amplified by life in a city bursting with art and the socio-political elements of its diverse communities.