(Boarhunt 1931 - London 2002)
Signed with initials and dated AB 1962 at the lower right.
Stamped with the Benjamin estate stamp (not in Lugt) and the date 1962 on the verso.
290 x 350 mm. (11 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.)
Always drawn to teaching, Benjamin lectured in both Britain and America; from 1961 until 1973 at Ealing, Ipswich, Winchester, Ravensbourne, Colchester and St. Martin’s School of Art, and in California and several campuses in Canada. His long tenure in North America, between 1967 and 1973, began right when he was on the cusp of success in his native country, and by the time of his return to England his reputation had subsided. Nevertheless, he continued to be productive as a painter and printmaker, and was a fellow of both the Royal Society of Artists and of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Benjamin died, in relative obscurity, in February 2002. In an obituary of the artist, it was noted that ‘Perhaps it was this belief in a creativity free from the limits of categorisation that led to Benjamin’s work being misunderstood, and too often forgotten. Even in the 1960s, its lack of confinement seemed to make it elusive and uncommercial. However, it was probably the same spirit that ensured Benjamin’s persistent youthfulness and infectious enthusiasm.’ As the artist himself noted, ‘To rationalise my own work is easy, but I don’t want to rationalise it, for in rationalising it one seems to be led by what seems rational.’
Throughout his long career, Benjamin had over twenty-five solo exhibitions across the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. His works can be found in many museum collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council, the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Glasgow Museum & Art Gallery in Scotland, the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the former Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum in Japan, and many others.