Benjamin Aitken

Benjamin Aitken explores a series of psychological states in loose and emotionally charged portraits. Aitken’s gestural brushstrokes and drips viscerally magnify the intensity of the sitter’s personalities. Aitken’s subjects are always people he knows intimately and this in an important aspect of his work. He says that “the resolute connection between myself and the sitter permits instinct rather than intellect to take over and allows me to convey the fact every human being is susceptible to physical or emotional injury.”