Ben Stack

Stack’s distinctive works are easily recognised, where an inventive relish for the effects of paint is combined with his signature brush strokes and vivid colour. In gaining a whole new depth of field by casting shadows behind the colour, the paint becomes an object suspended in space creating an illuminating 3D effect.


Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1959 Ben Stack had his first formal art education at the age of 16 at the Kunstacademie Maastricht Holland, where he studied watercolour and drawing techniques while working night shift in heavy industry just outside of town. In 1979 he had his first solo exhibition at the Huygen-Jaeger Gallery London.

After receiving a travelling scholarship to the University of California at Irvine in 1982 Ben Stack graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from Trinity College Dublin in 1984. He then spent the next four years painting and travelling through east and central Africa, exhibiting in Nairobi, Mombasa and Lusaka.

Stack has consistently explored the connection between visual and auditory forms of art. In his work, the abstract qualities of music and sound are expressed through the medium of paint on canvas, using colour, shape, tone and gesture. He suggests that the adjectives we use to describe sound and taste are also relevant when talking about visual art.

A heavy Wagnerian passage of music is expressed in his series of paintings titled "Stumbling Between the Immensities" where black, sienna, umber and earthy green oxide, with accents of gold and vermilion depict a dark beauty. By contrast, the music of Debussy is expressed with a lighter spectrum of white, yellow, orange and cerulean.

Stack has exhibited in Ireland, England, Holland, Kenya, Zambia, USA, Canada and Australia. His work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. He has children and is currently living in Sydney Australia.

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