I am committed to working with charities and NGOs to tell the stories of people throughout the world who don’t have a voice.
Painted portraits speak to people in a way that the written word and photography cannot. My exhibitions engage people with important global challenges and build awareness through painting.
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.
In 2019, Tim was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
2016 - Exhibitions Committee, Mall Galleries
2015-2017 Director, Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
2014-2015 Co-Director, Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
2014 - Portraiture tutor, The New School of Art, Lewes
2013 - Portraiture tutor, The Art Academy, Southwark
2010 - Portraiture tutor, Hampstead School of Art Private tutor, Oil Painting
2007 - Portraiture tutor, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
Elected President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Elected full member of the New English Art Club
The Darlington Crystal Chalice for outstanding service and contribution to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Alan Gourley Memorial Award for the outstanding work in show – Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
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
2018 Visions of Zambia - Mall Galleries
2016 Faces of Ebola – Mall Galleries
2013 Solo show – Highgate Contemporary
2012 Small Paintings – Island Fine Arts
2008 East Anglian Landscapes – Highgate Fine Art
2007 British Landscapes – Rafael Valls, Mayfair
2006 Aspects of the Subcontinent – Highgate Fine Art
2003 ritish Skyscapes – Lauderdale House
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 ‘My Favourite Subject’ - M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
2016 ‘The ROI Paints Greenwich’ - M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
2005 Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art
2001 Braving the Elements – Vertigo Gallery, Hoxton
‘Dynamic oil portraits with Tim Benson AROI’ instructional DVD from ‘Town House Films’.
Guest columnist, ‘The Artist’ magazine, December 2011 issue.