Benjamin Hazen

Artist Biography

Contemporary artist, Benjamin Hazen, creates contemplative paintings, depicting familiar objects and spaces from unusual perspectives that evoke themes of loneliness and disorientation. Hazen began his artistic training at Boston University, where he graduated in 1998 with a BFA in painting. The young artist continued his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, receiving an MFA degree in 2003. It was during this time that Hazen won the Judith McGregor Caldwell Purchase Prize—a prestigious award given by the Pennsylvania Academy for a uniquely significant artwork worthy of inclusion in their permanent collection. Despite the recognition of his early works, Hazen stopped painting in 2007, choosing to enter a degree program in art therapy and counseling at Drexel University. However, in 2020, Hazen returned to painting following inspiration for a new perspective on the tradition of still-life painting. He employs the technique of indirect painting, adding as many as dozens of thin, translucent layers of paint to the canvas and taking as long as a year to finish each piece.

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