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Middlesex University Graduate Illustrator and Printmaker Ben Hendy

Ben Hendy is an illustrator and printmaker who graduated from Middlesex University in 2012.

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He favours a traditional and hand drawn approach when creating his work, which often centers around themes such as carnivals, music hall and the absurd, all with a sense of nostalgia. He tends to work in black and white because it contradicts the colourful nature of the circus theme and creates a darker, sinister atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from the work of writers such as Will Self and William Burroughs has helped form this underlying nightmarish theme.

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In 2012 Ben was shortlisted for The Threadneedle Prize with a life-sized linocut self portrait. More recently he was commissioned by Crisis, the homeless charity, to make a new piece of work for The Crisis Commission 2014. The work will soon be auctioned at Christie’s to raise money for the charity. Currently Ben is experimenting with risograph printing and teaching a short course in bookbinding at Middlesex University.

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