It’s unique, fun, diverting, daring, exciting, and inspirationally beautiful whilst gently capturing the wonders and bewilderment of the imagination. It’s thought provoking and holds twists of surrealism and realistic challenges as it connects different aspects of life, engaging the mind into a world of creative adventures.
I’m confident to kindly say that the number of artists capable of enrolling such emotions into one single image is rare to come by. But there is one artist that is not afraid to step up to the challenge, which baffles our minds with his unique creativity and delivers a showcase of marvellous artwork.
His name is Ben Heine, a 25 year old breath of fresh air.
He calls it “Pencil Vs Camera”.
Let’s take a look…
Always presenting his hand in the images, Ben believes that this ‘emphasises the intimate connection between the viewer and the action happening on the piece of paper’.
“Pencil Vs Camera” is a result of Ben’s long graphic exploration and logic consequence of his artistic evolution. Ben’s intention of creating a ‘battlefield’ between the two disciplines of drawing and photography magically erases the boundaries that prevent our minds from drifting off and exploring other realms of imagination.
Traditionally focusing on animals, architecture and portraits many connections can be made to his work. On flicker the poetry of other artists has made connections with his images, uniting two versions of emotional expression together. It allows the elaboration of emphasised moments, features and feelings to be admired.
The idea of this ‘Pencil Vs Camera’ concept came by coincidence whilst he was writing a letter in his family house and his first published work of ‘Pencil Vs Camera’ was highly welcomed in April 2010.
Images like the above kola production can be used to portray important conservation messages. This image is a perfect example of demonstrating one of the many threats to the koala’s existence (forest fires). Emphasising the vulnerability of one individual against a whole reckless community is achieved and holds the hope of reaching minds to think about their actions.
Asked by Toonpool in October 2010 “What does artistic progress mean to you?” His reply was “To me “progress” is to create things that have never been done before.”
I would certainly quantify that the standard and visual beauty of Ben’s work has never been achieved elsewhere. To succeed in such a fresh idea during the 21st century is be a battle, a huge and daring challenge that can either fizzle out to nothing more than a few hits on the net or to encroaching minds with inspiration and ideas. Ben has achieved the latter and will most certainly succeed in a grand career of evoking the mind and emotions with vibrant surrealism, drawing and photography. His unique niche in art is one most filling and uplifting and truly is a ‘fresh breath of air’.