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About Benjamin

Baltimore City

I create art using new techniques for an age-old purpose: to tell stories and inspire action. As a child, I was inspired by cartoons; drawn characters and stories brought to life with no visible brush strokes or shading. My fascination for that aesthetic met its match in my discovery of vector art. After producing photography, sketch and graphic design work years, the vector technique brought me full creative fulfillment for the first time. Now I use the painstaking process to create pieces that... more

Who Said What Art Show

My current show, Who Said What, is a collection that combines my love for engaging people in the creation of my art as well as my desire to reimagine quotes that move people to live better lives. The creation process begins with a call for quotes to be submitted. I then do careful research and select a unique photograph of the quote’s author, typically in their youth, imagining them as my peer. Using the reference image, I draw the piece itself inspired by 1950s and 60s screen printing, interior design and album covers. Each piece has a unique color palette and font from an up-and-coming typographer.

This series has grown as people become inspired by it and add to it, but it has also spawned inspiration for new collections. As I grow as an artist, I hope that people continue to draw the same level of enjoyment from engaging with my work as I do from creating it.

  • Leonard Norman Cohen

    Leonard Norman Cohen
    "Ring the Bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in." The quote comes from a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Norman Cohen called "Anthem" which was on his 9th studio album, The Future. While researching the quote, many sources say the line, "There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in," came from a story in a Jack Kornfield book on Buddhism titled A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.
  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
    "It always seems impossible until it is done." Created on Day Twenty of the Design Across America Zerflin tour. Quote submitted by Lauren Lofton. Font by Ryoichi Tsunekawa of http://dharmatype.com/. The quote is attributed as being Mandela's from many sources, though there are people on Wikiquote researching and tracking it down to its original origins. Publications no earlier than 2007 seem to contain the quote. Mandela has been an inspiration to me as a leader and as someone who has committed their entire life to racial equality.
  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou
    “Right may not be expedient. It may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul.” Said by Maya Angelou when talking about her mother and a painting by Phoebe called Sister Souki’s Funeral. The quote is taken from the TV show Oprah Presents Master Class, and on January 16, 2011, Maya Angelou was on episode 3.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "We must accept finite disappointment but we must never lose infinite hope." The quote comes from one of the at least 8 books that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his lifetime called "Strength to Love", published in 1963. The book used material from his sermons, and focused on scriptural teaching and dealing with the problems of racism.
  • Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglass

    Done 1 year after the original Who Said What Art Show began, this piece is part of a quartet in which a new style of illustration was explored, making use of a more intricate background. Frederick Douglass originally wrote this quote as part of an essay called "Reconstruction", which he originally wrote in December of 1866. The quote rings true to today.
  • Margaret Mead

    Margaret Mead
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” There's no known primary source for this powerful quote, but it’s important to note it has never been attributed to anyone else. The Yale Book of Quotations says "Attributed in the Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 1989." I haven’t been able to track down this publication, so whether to not she said it in passing is difficult to say.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt
    Done during the Ayinde Factory Quotables theme, submitted by @aleighdub24 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
  • Samuel Leroy Jackson

    Done 1 year after the originally Who Said What Art Show began, this piece is part of a quartet in which a new style of illustration was explored, making use of a more intricate background. Samuel L. Jackson original said "If you have an opportunity to use your voice you should use it." in an interview discussing his acting career, and encouraging other actors to use their abilities.
  • Jada Koren Pinkett Smith

    Done 1 year after the original Who Said What Art Show began, this piece is part of a quartet in which a new style of illustration was explored, making use of a more intricate background. Jada Pinkett Smith originally wrote this quote as part of an essay called " The War on Men Through the Degradation of Woman", which she originally wrote on Facebook in December of 2012 tackling the issue on how the degradation of women has resulted in problems for both sexes.
  • Anatole France

    Created during the Ayinde Factory Quotables Show "To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all." -Anatole France? Originally from Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard as translated by Lafcadio Hearn (1890)

Amalgamated Art

This is an assortment of art not part of any particular series.

  • 3 Worlds 1 web-01.jpg

    This piece was created for Tectonic Space’s show What May Be. The show was all about visions of the future either in positive or negative ways.  The hexapod buggy is inspired by vehicles I drew as a kid; they’re the exploratory vehicles that Zerflainian a
    This piece was created for Tectonic Space’s show What May Be. The show was all about visions of the future either in positive or negative ways. The hexapod buggy is inspired by vehicles I drew as a kid; they’re the exploratory vehicles that Zerflainian aliens drove around. This is the first time I’ve ever out something directly from my childhood drawings into a vector piece. I’ve always been inspired by sci-fi landscape illustrators like Syd Mead, but I’ve never ventured into that territory until now. There are 3 worlds in the piece; can you see them?
  • Korryn Shandawn Gaines

    Korryn Shandawn Gaines
    Korryn Gaines was a 23 year old woman killed by the Baltimore County Police on August 1, 2016. According to the Baltimore County Police Department, officers sought to serve Gaines a warrant in relation to an earlier traffic violation. Upon entering her apartment, an hours-long standoff ensued. At least one of the officers shot Gaines, killing her and wounding Gaines’ five-year-old son.
  • MO5

The Robots Are Coming

The Robots Are Coming is an in-progress series based on Adjectives, where I have people send me an adjective of any kind, and I have to create an entire scene based on the adjective, incorporating a robot in some way.

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