Ben Sanders is a Los Angeles native who has a really specific point of view in his painting. His makes portraits and isolated scenes in a style that is Picasso, classic portraiture, and modern design all bundled into one aesthetic. He finely collides classic painting motifs with illustrative techniques. They’re colorful and more about defining details and mood than they are about getting caught up in hyper-details in painting: they are painted illustrations.
Sanders paintings are very focused on defining qualities. His work is straightforward because they are typically very isolated, planned moments. What he chooses to include and leave out of the painting are what make them so great. For example, the top pilgrim painting (The physical impossibility of a politically correct Thanksgiving card… (Pilgrim)) and above right George Washington painting (Father, from the series Portraits Of White Males) both clearly represent these subjects with only what is needed to convey these them. Relying on iconic imagery and cultural memory, he is able to easily show you a subject, get you understand the subject, and then see how he played around with the image by using bright colors, patterns, and more. It’s great work.
It should come as no surprise that Sanders attended Art Center and studied in their incredibly interdisciplinary Illustration program. He has a lot of work on his website and we love how colorful and fun they are. There is literally almost no way to not like his work. Get more of it here.