Mysterious eyes peer out from the illustrations created by Ben Jones. The characters are as much an amalgamation of man and various beasts as the pieces themselves are of mixed found and made imagery. Both teeth and antennae can be seen, among other parts cleverly placed and tucked away. Each one is a combination of surreal elements that become bold, graphic statements when put together.
The unique set of contrasting textures that give Ben’s work its individual feel are created by using two distinct techniques together. He starts by using different forms of printing but then changes pace, adding collage or reworking directly onto the prints. It’s an interesting approach that gives his work a noticeable flavour. He tells us more about how he goes about this process.
My work is a combination of print making and collage. My process starts with initial sketches which are translated into a lino-cut or screen-print, then from my prints I collage with the them or collage directly on top of the print using found imagery. I love the way that the texture and graphic shapes of printmaking contrast with old found victorian etchings.
I have a passion for Polish film poster art and Surrealism. I try to capture some kind of emotion or tone in my work to carry the idea of the illustration forward much as the Polish poster artists did. Most of my work is inspired by literature and I feel that this comes from the rich history of text and image.
© Ben Jones, 2013