Ben Crawford paints mostly about his life, exploring the storytelling possibilities of distorted memories and dreams. Surreal elements transform the landscapes he paints into somewhat mystical realms, bursting with colour and charged with mystery. Figures, architecture and landmarks drawn from his life imbue Ben’s paintings with a sense of narrative, anchoring his work tentatively to reality.
Ben says of this work: “There was a bushfire near us recently. It was surreal experience because the smoke from the fire was beautiful in the landscape, but coupled with that pleasing aesthetic sight was the impending sense of doom and danger that hung in the air. This painting is about how, as humans, we don’t always react to these situations in a logical way. Often we are lulled into a state of false security, ignoring how serious the problem really is and carrying on with our lives normally.”
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