Educated at Glasgow School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art from 1998-2001, contemporary artist Tim Benson has received recognition with his election as Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. As a practised figurative artist Tim not only creates a distinguishable likeness of a subject but moreover evokes the sitter’s character and mood. He is never satisfied with simple representation, rather concentrating on bringing to his work an emotive and often visceral quality.
Tim regularly exhibits in solo and group exhibitions around the UK. He displays fine art paintings that stand on their own as collectable works of art and accordingly has established a large following and collector base. In addition to his fine art pieces, he accepts more formal portrait and figurative commissions in oil or charcoal.
Tim was elected President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2018.
Co-Director, Portraiture Diploma, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
2013 – present
Portraiture tutor, The Art Academy, Southwark
2010 – present
Portraiture tutor, Hampstead School of Art
Private tutor, Oil Painting
2007 – present
Portraiture tutor, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelse
Elected Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Awarded the ‘Arts Club Charitable Trust Award’, Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Elected Full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Elected Associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Second prize – Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award, Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
Third prize, Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award, Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
‘Dynamic oil portraits with Tim Benson AROI’ instructional DVD from ‘Town House Films’.
Guest columnist, ‘The Artist’ magazine, December 2011 issue.
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Tim Benson PROI NEAC - 2017
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