Ben Slow

Jun 6

One of the new pieces from my time in hibernation.  A few trips coming up but until then it’s the world of terrible music and tiny paintbrushes for me

One of the new pieces from my time in hibernation. A few trips coming up but until then it’s the world of terrible music and tiny paintbrushes for me


Feb 23
Don’t let their story end on the street

Cheshire Street
London
February 2014

Don’t let their story end on the street

Cheshire Street
London
February 2014


May 14
Heres the mural I painted with David Polka and Evan Wilson in The Tenderloin, San Fran

Heres the mural I painted with David Polka and Evan Wilson in The Tenderloin, San Fran


May 13
San Fransisco April 2013
Image courtesy of Andy Charnas

San Fransisco April 2013

Image courtesy of Andy Charnas


Mar 29
Francis
Mixed Medium on Canvas
60cm X 60cm
From my show ‘New Endings’

Francis

Mixed Medium on Canvas

60cm X 60cm

From my show ‘New Endings’


Mar 28
I Salute You
Mixed Medium on Canvas
100cm X 100cm
From my show ‘New Endings’

I Salute You

Mixed Medium on Canvas

100cm X 100cm

From my show ‘New Endings’


Feb 7
First in a series of new Paste Ups
Really enjoyed making these, lots of layers, lots of hand finishing
Spitalfields, London

First in a series of new Paste Ups

Really enjoyed making these, lots of layers, lots of hand finishing

Spitalfields, London


Oct 22

This latest painting is a collaboration with C.A.L.M. a charity set up to help tackle the issue of suicide amongst men in the UK.

The campaign against living miserably (CALM) was set up to help reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35, currently the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.

Men are three times more at risk of suicide than young women – in 2010 75% of suicides were men. But while smoking and knife crime make the headlines, suicide is the biggest killer.

I was instantly attracted to the charity due to my own issues with mental health and I am very keen to do whatever I can to help highlight the issue of mental health.

The pain I have suffered through my ongoing issues with mental health are ten fold any physical pain I have ever suffered. Despite the pain it is still something that very few people talk about, especially men and this is something that needs to change!Without giving too much away (as I prefer people to make up their own minds about what they think a paintings is about) you have the very honest, dead eyes juxtaposed with the inner pain. Here it is physically expressed though unfortunately most people do not feel comfortable enough to express such feelings. It is mostly kept pent up inside. If it comes out at all then it is in private.

It is about breaking down that male bravado, making people realise that it is not a weakness to be hidden but something to be shared. If you are fortunate enough to not suffer with mental health issues, you will still have had shit times at some point. Its about talking about these periods in your life, sharing with others, realising that you are not alone in your suffering.

The image will be used as the front cover for the next C.A.L.M. Magazine which will be coming out at the end of October.

http://www.thecalmzone.net/

www.slowbenart.com


Oct 10
PROTEST exhibition will be open from this Saturday 13th Oct to 31st Nov at Rough Trade East

PROTEST exhibition will be open from this Saturday 13th Oct to 31st Nov at Rough Trade East


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