Educated at Glasgow School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art from 1998-2001, contemporary artist Tim Benson has received recognition with his election as Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. As a practised figurative artist Tim not only creates a distinguishable likeness of a subject but moreover evokes the sitter’s character and mood. He is never satisfied with simple representation, rather concentrating on bringing to his work an emotive and often visceral quality.

Tim regularly exhibits in solo and group exhibitions around the UK. He displays fine art paintings that stand on their own as collectible works of art and accordingly has established a large following and collector base. In addition to his fine art pieces, he accepts more formal portrait and figurative commissions in oil or charcoal.

EXHIBITIONS

2016

  • November:  Faces of Ebola – Mall Galleries

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

  • Solo show – Highgate Contemporary

2012

  • Small Paintings – Island Fine Arts

2008

  • East Anglian Landscapes – Highgate Fine Art

2007

  • British Landscapes – Rafael Valls, Mayfair

2006

  • Aspects of the Subcontinent – Highgate Fine Art

2003

  • British Skyscapes – Lauderdale House

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

  • December:  Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • June:  Annual Exhibition – New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
  • May-June:  Portraiture Today – Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
  • May:  50 Children 50 Artists – The Courtyard, Hoxton
  • April:  Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • March:  Group show – CO2 Gallery
  • March:  Tim Benson and Lachlan Goudie, New Paintings – Mall Galleries
  • January-February: Group Show – HayHill Gallery

2014

  • December:  Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • November-December:  Annual Exhibition – New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
  • November:  Beyond White Walls – Gallery Argentum
  • November:  Discerning Eye Exhibition – Mall Galleries
  • October:  50 Children 50 Artists – Winton Capital
  • September-October: Group show – McNeill Fine Art
  • May:  Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • April-May:  Group show – CO2 Gallery
  • February: Little Gems – Mall Galleries
  • January: Portraits Today – Milton Gallery, St.Paul’s School

2013

  •  Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  •  Annual Exhibition – New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
  •  Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath – Highgate Contemporary
  •  Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  •  Affordable Art Fair, New York – Blue Tomato Gallery
  •  Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries

2012

  • Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath – Highgate Contemporary
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park – Panter and Hall
  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • BP Portrait Award – The National Portrait Gallery
  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Group show – Highgate Contemporary

2011

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • ‘Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition’, Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, London.
  • Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath – Highgate Contemporary Art
  • Summer Exhibition – Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
  • Summer Miscellany – Highgate Contemporary Art
  • Two Artist show – Highgate Contemporary Art
  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Breath of Fresh Air – Byard Art, Cambridge

2010

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Two Artists – Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street
  • Two Artists – Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight
  • Group Show – Highgate Contemporary Art
  • Cambridge Art Fair – Enid Lawson Gallery, Marylebone
  • Summer Show – Highgate Contemporary Art
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park – Island Fine Arts and Enid Lawson Gallery

2009

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Three Artists: Landscapes – Island Fine Arts
  • Changing Hang – Enid Lawson Gallery, Marylebone
  • Affordable Art Fair, Bristol – Enid Lawson Gallery
  • Cambridge Art Fair – Enid Lawson Gallery
  • Summer Show – Highgate Fine Art
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park – Enid Lawson Gallery and Island Fine Arts
  • Harrogate Art Fair – Enid Lawson Gallery
  • Edinburgh Art Fair – Enid Lawson Gallery

2008

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Antiques for the Future –Norman Adams, Knightsbridge
  • British Antique Dealers’ Association fair, Chelsea
  • Summer show – Highgate Fine Art
  • Summer show – Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight
  • Summer landscapes – Thompson’s, Aldeburgh
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park – Island Fine Arts
  • Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art Gallery

2007

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Cultural Expo – Pakistan High Commission, London
  • Summer show – Highgate Fine Art
  • Charity Exhibition – The Canterbury Oast Trust
  • Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art

2006

  • Annual Exhibition – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art

2005

  • Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art

2004

  • Annual Exhibition – Thompson’s City,
  • New Landscapes – Thompson’s City
    Noel Noel – Highgate Fine Art

2003

  • Annual Exhibition – Thompson’s City
  • Three New Artists – CCA Galleries, Mayfair
  • Changing Hang – Thompson’s City
  • Commission – Le Meridien Hotel, London
  • Group Exhibition – Karen Taylor Gallery, Twickenham
  • September Show – Thompson’s Marylebone
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park – Thompson’s
  • Christmas Show – Catto Gallery, Hampstead

2002

  • Past Masters – Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire
  • Fresh Art – Business Design Centre, Islington
  • Group Exhibition – Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge-Wells
  • Group Exhibition – Moreton Contemporary, Pimlico

2001

  • Braving the Elements – Vertigo Gallery, Hoxton

 

AWARDS

2013

  • Elected Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
  • Awarded the ‘Arts Club Charitable Trust Award’, Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries

2011

  • Elected Full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
  • Elected Associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

2010

  • Second prize – Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award, Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries

2004

  • Third prize, Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award, Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries

 

NOTABLE SITTERS

2011

  • Sir Harry Solomon
  • Dr Edward Winters
  • Brian Cox CBE

2010

  • Andrew James VPRP

2008

  • Michael Palin CBE

 

MEDIA & PRESS

2014

  • NOVEMBER
    Guest Columnist – Artists and Illustrators magazine

2013

  • OCTOBER
    Guest Columnist – The Artist magazine

2012

  • NOVEMBER
    Guest Columnist – Artists and Illustrators magazine

2011

  • OCTOBER
    Guest Columnist – The Artist magazine
  • JULY
    DVD: Dynamic portraits in Oil with Tim Benson AROI – TownHouse Films

 

TEACHING

2015 – present

  • Director, Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea

2014 – 2015

  • Co-Director, Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea

2014 – present

  • Portraiture tutor, The New School of Art, Lewes

2013 – present

  • Portraiture tutor, The Art Academy, Southwark

2010 – present

  • Portraiture tutor, Hampstead School of Art
  • Private tutor, Oil Painting

2007 – present

  • Portraiture tutor, Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea