Untitled A, 2011. Acrylic and flashe on canvas over panel. 48 x 64 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

Madison, WI

Overview

Benjamin Grant’s visual language, while deliberately restricted, is imbued with the complexity of line, color, and dimension. By limiting himself to the use of stripes in his paintings, the artist explores the possibilities of reduced variables. He designs modular elements—each painted separately with a unique pattern and then combined in the studio—to create a large-scale whole. Although Grant’s geometric paintings revisit a certain thread of modernist abstraction, they are more than formal investigations. He uses sign painter tools and commercial products that reference vernacular processes. Alluding to fabrics, custom cars, game boards, and carnival rides, his work is firmly situated within the visual language of contemporary life.   

Biography

Benjamin Grant received his MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. His abstractions of brightly colored patterns take form in modular relief paintings, which have been exhibited most recently at Tory Folliard Gallery. Upcoming projects include shows at the Delafield Arts Center and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Grant is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.