Fifteen Gets Inked!
We are now ready to unveil our rather exciting and innovative project that is happening in the next few weeks at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Following the re-vamp in January we wanted to come up with a new and unique way to talk about what we do in the restaurant. The Apprentice Programme is at the heart of Fifteen Cornwall, and always will be, but it’s always a bit of a challenge trying to convey the message ‘we are not just a restaurant’. This is where Ben comes in.
We met Ben Allen a few months ago, where he came to us with the idea that he could create a completely unique piece of art work that would incorporate the messages we wanted about the Apprentice Programme. Over the next few blog posts we are going to introduce you to Ben, talk about his inspirations and ideas on this particular project, working to the brief and how the apprentices and staff who work here are part of this project. We will also be following the progress of the artwork throughout the process from start to finish.
Ben Allen – the Artist
Biography taken from www.benallenart.com
Fashion magazines, Pin Up books, cult films, record covers, tattoos, skateboard culture, Japanese graphics, typography, weathered architecture, comic books, the punk scene, seventies culture, Pop, Americana, Mexican iconography, comic book art, surfing and nature.
At aged 33 he has spent 10 plus years working as a self taught artist. Now married with a young family he manages to devote time and love to his career as a great emerging artist in the pop art world of the 21st century, dealing with the crass, the esoteric, the inspirational, the eternal and the disposable.
Much of his work falls into the movement of “Pop Surrealism” a new wave of expressive art described as an underground visual art movement. Although there’s also an element of the travelling wanderer to his personality with deeper themes inspired by the Mexican “Dia de la Muerte”, (day of the dead) to cultural reference points such as Mehndi (Indian hand painting).
Ben exhibits his paintings in venues and galleries internationally as well as selling to celebrities such as Richard Branson, Stephen Dorff and Jade Jagger.
Alongside his exhibitions, Ben has worked with many clients including Levis, Virgin, Nokia, Bracher Emden and Proporta.
His work is in private collections throughout the UK, in Australia, New York, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Korea, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Ibiza and has featured in Design Week, The Observer, The Times, Elle Déco, Plus1, Loaded and GQ magazines to name but a few.