Frank Benson investigates manufacturing processes and the suspension of movement through hyperrealistic sculptures and photography. He derives inspiration from both consumer goods and nature; many of his photographic works feature manipulated found objects. His meticulously painted sculptures of vegetables and the human figure are notable because they create an uncanny illusion of reality.
Born in Virginia, Benson lives and works in New York, New York. He received his MFA in 2003 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his BFA in 1998 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His most recent solo exhibitions include Human Statue (Jessie) at Taxter and Spengemann, New York, and Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles (2011); and Frank Benson, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (2008 and 2009). Recent group exhibitions include In the Name of the Artists-American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Frank Benson, Matt Johnson, Mark Grotjahn, Hydra’s Workshop, Greece (2011); and Permanent Mimesis: An Exhibition on Realism and Simulation, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2010). Benson will be an artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, in 2012.