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Benny Fountain
Waco, Texas

Baylor University

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To paint from observation is to highly value appearances, to find oneself captured by them, enamored. What is the attraction of appearances? Why do they exert such power?

As light waves traveling from the sun reflect off a cup, into one's eyes, a person interprets these light sensations into "cup" through one's history of having held one, through memories of porcelain to lip. Without such past experiences, these retinal events would be bare sensations, detached visual phenomena without interpretation. The mind, however, grabs hold of past experiences and infuses them into what is presently seen.

The act of seeing becomes (through memory) a unifying force that binds together the separated fragments of isolated sensations, giving one a sense of rootedness and stability.

It is exactly this seeing as binding force that captivates my attention and makes me wish to paint. Each painting, then, is a struggle to create a metaphor for this experienced coherent world.





born: 1981, Moscow, Idaho



Tyler School of Art, MFA in painting, 2008
Pacific NW College of Art, BFA in painting, 2005


selected awards/honors

Art Institute Grant for Art Faculty Scholarship, Allbritton Art Institute, Baylor University, 2013
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship, 2006-2008


selected publications

"Zeuxis: Still, Blue" online video,, 2014
Manifest Drawing Center; 9th International Drawing Annual (INDA), 2015 publication, (Cincinnati, OH)


selected solo or two-person exhibits

The Piero Project: In-person Meditation in Color and Composition, Gallery of Art Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy, 2015
Common, Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2014
Kitchen Paintings, Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2012


selected group shows

The Seventh National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, New York, 2015
23rd Annual Juried Competition, Bowery Gallery, New York, New York, 2014
2014 National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, New York, 2014
Ceres 11th National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, New York, 2014



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