Ben Arpea is a French artist based in Paris, he gained recognition in 2020 for his unique style that blends geometric abstraction with semi-figurative elements, using flat colors and textures. His art exists in a dreamlike space, oscillating between semi-figurative and abstract expressionism. He reinterprets classical landscape and still life motifs through a contemporary lens, offering a fresh perspective on pop art and surrealism. His inspiration comes from moments captured during his travels, with a strong influence from Mediterranean culture and aesthetics, emphasizing his research into color and material.
Color is central to Ben Arpea’s work, with vivid, textured hues creating a dreamy, reflective atmosphere. He places great importance on the tactile and sensory aspects of his art, personally choosing and stretching canvas materials. His process involves mixing paint with mineral elements like sand and pebbles, and he works on a large scale, juxtaposing minimal geometric motifs with oversized canvases. His paintings often suggest traces of human presence and invite viewers into a personal and dreamlike journey, encouraging them to project their own memories onto the canvas.
About his next exhibition in OTI Hong-Kong
Through a series of vibrant works, Ben Arpéa takes us on a sensory journey, capturing specific moments: the tension of a midday tennis match under the sun, the serenity of a shaded lunch with a breathtaking view, the refreshing embrace of a beach swim, the soothing calm of a late-afternoon pool, the introspective contemplation of a Mediterranean horizon. While these scenes are unique, they evoke in each of us memories, emotions, moments when we truly “lived” in the present.