When it comes to prodigies, Los Angeles is typically thought of as a city that births child entertainers. We all know their lifecycle and all have seen them rise from precocious, cutesy kid to lost and somewhat sad adult. This doesn’t happen for every child entertainer, no, but that’s what is expected. In the art world, there doesn’t seem to be any “kids” who have recently made a mark on the city–with the exception of one teen: 19 year old Santa Monica based Bendow.
Ben Waldow, who works under his 8th grade nickname “Bendow,” has been creating designs, doodles, and characters in the city for years. He’s caught the attention of many locals in the art world, which has already gotten him several solo shows and group shows. His work has been shown at Deborah Page, Norm Maxwell, Wal-Art, Barnsdale Municipal Gallery, and Los Angeles Art Association–and all of these were before 2009.
The young artist started his work from doodling and drawing as a kid which has just grown and grown and grown. Recently, he was commissioned by ad agency Standard Time to create a large scale mural, which is shown above with him. Standard time also exhibited some of his screen prints, glassworks, and drawings in addition to some customized shoes he’s created.
Bendow is definitely on the rise and honing his craft, which has taken him out of Los Angeles for the time being and to Chicago, where he is a sophomore at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We have our eye on him to see where his art takes him but, of course, we’re hoping it leads him back to Los Angeles.