Alex Fong Galleria Exhibition
Kelowna-based UBCO FCCS alumnus Benjamin Arcega explores contemporary portraiture surrounding the youth culture of his generation. His subjects mirror aspects of the music, fashion, and skateboarding cultures that are essential to his identity. Painting from found photographs, often found on social media, Benjamin relies on intuition when choosing which subjects to paint. He is interested in truthfully representing a subject’s character through a conscious application of paint with the goal of capturing a certain essence or emotion sensed in the image. Benjamin furthermore explores the relationship between artist and subject; wherein, the act of painting allows him to understand his subjects in a more intimate way.