Newman builds images from basic shapes and limited palettes – creating solid, arresting work that seems to be both tribal and modern and belies his UK roots. He’s been on the ‘one to watch’ list for a while, and has just graduated to ‘rising ‘star’. The Tate, Fantagraphics, BBC Radio and ABSOLUT are among his many clients. (Listen, there’s another Ben Newman who makes pictures of monsters doing rude things to girls. This isn’t that Ben Newman.)
Ben has worked commercially for a clients such as IBM, New York Times, Absolut Vodka, Lacoste and the BBC. His design work for the Radio 4 televised commercial for the adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s ‘Life and Fate’ won a Royal Television Society award in 2012. Ben has exhibited his work internationally and his solo show MASKS was displayed as part of London Design Week and as a part of the Pictoplasma Berlin Character Conference. He works closely with indie publisher Nobrow producing the comic book, ‘Ouroboros’ and Japanese beast book, ‘The Bento Bestiary’ along with toys, packing tape and wrapping paper. His personal work has lead to the start of 3D collaborations with Felt Mistress (aka Louise Evans) and his father, Colin Newman.