Sydney artist Ben Frost is most well known for his confronting and often controversial Pop Art paintings. Using a ‘collage’ style of unlikely juxtapositions, his dynamic paintings are complex mash-ups of popular culture that savagely critique our media and advertising obsessed society.
His painting ‘White Children Playing; Late 1900’s’ was deemed too controversial for some for its graphic depiction of children shooting-up drugs, and was debated recently on the channel 7 Sunrise program. His now infamous 2000 exhibition and art prank ‘Ben Frost is Dead’ saw him fake his own death and was branded ‘tasteless’ when the art world and national media actually believed his demise.
Police have threatened to close every exhibition his 12m long collaborative painting ‘Where Do You Want to Go Today’ has been exhibited and a disgruntled viewer went so far as to slash one of the paintings with a knife in reaction to the confronting imagery. Ben was an invited artist at the 2002 ‘Primavera’ exhibition at the Sydney MCA , and more recently at galleries such as: 798 Space in Beijing,The Arm in New York, White Walls in San Francisco, Cosh Gallery in London and Studio Apart in Amsterdam. Ben’s work has appeared in countless magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Australian Art Collector, Empty, Monster Children, and the Sydney Morning Herald and was a contributing illustrator for over 3 years to Black + White Magazine.