Ben Winspear is a Bendigo based artist who works in oil, watercolour and more recently sculpture. He has been painting professionally for over fifteen years and has held several successful solo exhibitions.
Ben paints a wide range of subject matter; anything that inspires him at the time, but his love for the Australian landscape is something that stands out.
His work runs the full spectrum from representational through to abstraction, frequently combining both.
He is a multi-award winning artist in Bendigo and surrounding districts including the Castlemaine James Farrell Self Portrait Prize and A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize.
Ben has facilitated the execution of several major art projects in schools – and projects in conjunction with local government and private departments – including The City of Greater Bendigo, Coliban Water, NCCA, Department of Primary Industries.
Ben is a tutor at the Victorian Artists’ Society, and offers private tuition also.
|2017||March – April||Homecoming Exhibition at Gallery 365, Bendigo.|
|2016||December||Winner of the 2016 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize, Glen Eira City Council, Melbourne.|
|2016||November||Winner of the Inaugural Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne.|
|2015||June – July||3P Exhibition with Scott Wileman & Warren Cooke. Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.|
|2015||May||Winner of the Nada Hunter Award for ‘Emily in Black Dress’ and Highly Commended for Self Portrait. Victorian Artists Society Portrait Exhibition, Melbourne.|
|2014||‘Two Dimensions’ Exhibition with Scott Wileman – Ceramist. Customs House Gallery, Echuca|
|2013||Continuing private art tuition, Exhibition Curating and Public school projects|
|2012||Private tutoring and designing and facilitating creative projects.|
|2012||Currently serving on Business Together Bendigo – Art sector planning Committee.|
|2011||Re commencing giving private tuition in Representational realism.|
|2010||Construction of Sculpture commissioned by City of Greater Bendigoat California Gully Play Space, Bendigo.|
|2009||March||Consultant to City of Greater Bendigo in designing and construction of sculpture to be incorporated in City of Greater Bendigo. New Play space Strategy 2008-2013|
|2008||April||Elected as one of six community members to serve a two year term on the City of Greater Bendigo ACAC committee (Arts and Cultural Advisory committee).|
|2008||July||Highly commended – Beannaithe Spiorad Art Exhibition. Otis Foundation, Bendigo.|
|2007||November||Finalist – James Farrell Self Portrait prize.|
|2007||February||Finalist in the Churches of Christ Theological College, Centenary Religious Art Prize – ‘The Light of Life’ Mulgrave, Victoria.|
|2006||August||Solo Exhibition, Boort Victoria|
|2006||July||Finalist, Robert Jacks Drawing Prize 2006|
|2006||June||Double Vision – Artist Exchange. Chosen as one of six artists to represent the City of Greater Bendigo to the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia.|
|2006||March||Solo Exhibition: ‘The Way I See’ The Capital Theatre Bendigo|
|2005||November||Finalist – James Farrell Self Portrait prize.|
|2004||October||Solo Exhibition: ‘Human Hands’ – Dudley House|
|2004||May||Solo Exhibition at the Old Colonial Bank Gallery, Bendigo.|
|2003||November||Winner of the James Farrell Self Portrait Prize. Castlemaine Art Gallery. (Permanent Collection)|
|2003||June||Solo Exhibition ‘The Spirit of Ben Winspear’ Dudley House, Bendigo.|
|1997||Sam Slater Encouragement AwardWildlife Art Society of Australasia.|