Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art

Ben van Netten  Bio         Exhibitions:   Degrees of Transition

My goal is to create an experience that bypasses conscious thought, yet appeals directly to the subconscious. I do this by working the image until not easily identifiable, but still feels familiar.

Painting with oil on canvas, using a wet on wet technique, I try to make the surface a smooth and seamless as possible.

My inspiration comes from the experience of observing nature. I seek to capture the moments that go unnoticed by our conscious mind. When the mind is shifting from one view to the next or from one thought to the next.

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Ben van Netten - French Beach - click for larger image

French Beach
27 x 36 Inches 
oil on canvas
Please email the gallery to view more works by Ben van Netten.


Three Year diploma    2000         fine arts           Victoria College of art
Associate Diploma      2004         fine arts           Victoria College of art

Specialization: Oil Painting, Photography, Digital media,
2007    Touching Reality, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006    Degrees of Transition, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005    Shift Control Landscapes, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Shape Shifter Hot Spot Now. Open Space, Victoria BC
2005    Look 2005 juried. EC4. Victoria BC
2005    Paintings From Film, Community Arts Council. Victoria BC
2004    Work and Play, Fan Tan Gallery. Victoria BC
2004    Milky donuts versions from almost now, 50/50 Arts Cooperative
2004    The Glue Factory, Victoria BC
2004    The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (sales and rentals) Victoria BC
2004    The Arts Revue, Community Arts Council, Victoria BC
2004    The beCause Victoria BC
2004    UVic sculpture show, EC4, Victoria BC
2003    Artropolis 2003, CBC. Studio, Vancouver BC
2003    Perspectives Gallery 1529, Vancouver BC
2003    Dark Horse, Victoria BC
2002    Onus, Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, group show, Victoria BC
2001    Eye Candy, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
2001    No Blame, Rogue Annex, Victoria, BC
2000    Victoria College of Art Alumni Exhibition , Victoria, B.C.
2000    Qiwhole - All Media Art Fusion, The Launchpad, Vancouver, BC
2000    Victoria College of Art Graduating Studentsí Exhibition, MacPherson Gallery, Victoria, BC
2000    The Talking Dog, Fernwood Community Association, Victoria, BC


Michelle Martin Natural Low Victoria News  May 11 2005
RobynSwanson Movies inspire artist Victoria News, February 2, 2005
Catherine Barr    Perceptions Vancouver west .com, February 26, 2001

Visiting Artist Lectures:
2005       Vancouver Island school of Art              Victoria, BC.
2000       Mechosen Summer School of the Arts  Mechosen, BC.

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