“I’m exploring the mechanics and fabric of life and 'self'. The stuff we are made of but out of sight. An abstract world full of romance, beauty and war.” - Benjamin Sean Lees / BAKiiBAK
From a young age the artist was fascinated with the details of nature, but it was an art project at university that fueled his journey. During which, the artist felt inspired taking focused photographs on the grain, decay and growths found on wood in London’s, Richmond Park. As he looked closer, his obsession with the minute grew, and it was not long before he took to the microscope to explore deeper. This intrigue anticipated the arrival of the paintings, it was at this point they began their evolution. Seemingly chaotic but expressive, rich abstract tapestries of life. Taking inspiration from his research into early and tribal art also aided the development of his painting technique. Which evokes a sense of worship, whilst the layers of resin and paint simulate a microscope slide.
The artist sees the studio as a laboratory, a place for experiments with form, material and technology. A place in which he can explore and question the intricate details of life forms, their synergy and our place within it all.