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Gavin Benjamin
Head of State No. 35 - Photo collage Portrait with Gems

2021

US$2,700Asking Price

About

This photo collage piece by Gavin Benjamin depicts a man wearing a beret and a mask, meeting the gaze of the viewer. He sports a leather jacket and a shirt with bedazzled leopards underneath. Several "pins" decorate his clothing. Upon closer inspection, we see that the pins are all photos of book covers related to the Black experience in America. Gavin Benjamin is a multifaceted artist who combines original analog photography and appropriated images with collage, paint, and varnish to create rich and luxurious works that call back to baroque traditions while incorporating elements of current culture to provoke, critique, and explore. Born in Guyana, South America and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Benjamin received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During this time, he worked as an interned for the legendary portrait photographer, Arnold Newman. Benjamin also worked as black and white and color printer at LTI and Baboo color labs. From there, he went on to work at Edge Reps and Exposure NY, agencies representing commercial and advertising photographers, prop stylists, and hair and makeup artists. After Exposure NY, he worked as a freelance production coordinator/photo editor with stints at Kenneth Cole productions, Esquire Magazine, Hachette Filipacchi Media, and Good Housekeeping magazine. Benjamin collages with both original analog photography and appropriated images tocreate studies that inform his remixed composition. Each study is photographed and printed on canvas or paper and mounted to panel. Benjamin then adds materials like mercury glass, diamond dust, and Swarovski crystals further enhancing his mashup of couture art.

Details

  • Creator
    Gavin Benjamin (1971, American, Guyanese)
  • Creation Year
    2021
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU98518790622

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    Ships From: Nashville, TN
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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