Trusting in the materials of his sculptural, painted and found works, Teesside artist Bobby Benjamin works to deliver powerful narratives on social inequality. Distinctly focused on class, masculine identity and place, the multi-disciplinary artist is invested in exploring these themes authentically by incorporating key personal experiences as structural elements. His most recent collection of ‘GIBBO IS GOD’ paintings addresses the concerns of class appropriation and responds to his lived experience of growing up in a working class Redcar family. Displayed in ARC Stockton this year, the work was co-curated by artist John James Perangie and is the largest to date painted collection created by Benjamin.
Not stopping at creating artwork in Middlesbrough’s DIY art scene, Benjamin is also the co-founder of Pineapple Black with Stephen Irving and Picasso Baby with John James Perangie. Started soon after completing his MA in Fine Art at MIMA School of Art (2019), the duo of art initiatives share in offering a plentiful of exhibition opportunities for any and all artistic talent to shine in Teesside.