Exhibition: Ben Walker

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Have you ever wanted to step into a fleeting past, captured and preserved in a precise moment?

Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth is giving art lovers the chance to do just that alongside artist Ben Walker.

Ben’s arresting figurative images are misty and haunting, conjuring up images of unexpectedly retrieved childhood memories.

Working mainly on coarse grained linen, Ben likes to accentuate the otherworldly qualities of these shadowy episodes.

He says: ‘I don’t want to make literal, descriptive paintings, but to use figurative elements and subdued tonal ranges to depict people who were viewed as anonymous or as objects, and to reflect a sense of vulnerability and create an impression of remoteness.

‘The figures in the compositions are often vague or simplified, reduced to silhouettes, with unnecessary detail eliminated.’

Influenced by postcard art and by an illustrative style familiar from vintage children’s books, Ben, winner of the Jack Goldhill Painting prize, approaches colour in a subdued, unhurried way adding to the ethereal narrative of pictures that linger long in the imagination.

Jack House Gallery is a new exhibiting space, which will display original contemporary artworks, fine art prints, ceramics and design, all with a consistent thread of craft and accomplishment, ideas and wit, storytelling and intrigue.

Ben’s exhibition is part of a rolling programme of ‘one man’ and group exhibitions of diverse art and activities.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, May 16-Saturday, June 20 between 11am and 6pm each day.