Artist StatementAs a painter, muralist, community artist and educator, I am inspired by the natural energy within my surroundings. I notice a rhythm in nature that is sometimes reflected, but often refuted in humanity. I am inspired by the functioning chaos. I work to portray visceral feelings evoked within people, places, and relationships. My artistic process bears a close connection to my subject matter. The layering of energetic brushstrokes to generate an image and an identity fascinates me. Each stroke on the canvas is a small piece of the whole, thus bearing connection to both nature, at a cellular level, and the pixelated digital age. In my work, I am delving into a conversation between past and present, traditional and contemporary, and memory and reality. Cascading brushstrokes reflect moments in flux, shifting perceptions, and evolving landscapes. Through a diverse array artwork in various media, I am investigating the pieces that make my subjects whole.
Painter Ben Hamburger was born in Silver Spring, MD and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2008, he studied art history and oil painting at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. In 2011, Hamburger moved to Asia where he continued painting and teaching in diverse settings in Bangkok, Thailand and later Gujarat, India. Hamburger’s experiences abroad influence his artwork and teaching methodology. After returning to the states in 2012, Ben resettled in New Orleans, where he was immediately inspired by the vibrancy of the city, which is reflected in much of his work. Hamburger has been embraced by the arts community in New Orleans as an artist and instructor. He is represented in several galleries, teaches workshops at schools and notable institutions, and has had artwork purchased by the New Orleans Arts Council for the city’s permanent collection. Hamburger is currently pursuing his MFA in Community Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and living and working in Baltimore.