Ben Skinner’s practice explores the nature of language using text and materiality. Calling on a vast knowledge of materials and methods, Skinner applies his hand to concepts that are by turn ironic, witty, introspective and questioning. His works often combine mechanical production methods common in sign making with traditional materials and techniques such as hand-applied gold leaf and silk marbling. His conceptual practice moves him between an expanding list of media including foil, flocking, plaster, vinyl lettering, plastics, neon and mirror. Skinner has a keen eye for finishes that borders on obsessive, resulting in highly polished works with a quasi-fetish quality. Ben lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ben is currently showing with Winsor Art Projects in Vancouver, Herringer-Kiss in Calgary, Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto, and UpRise Art in NYC.