Trudy Benson smiling with her arms crossed before her

Trudy Benson

Flamboyant, haphazard canvases by an archetypal abstract painter.

“I think about painting as a series of layers, which never really touch, but influence each other.”

Benson’s paintings have a refreshingly determined viewpoint: the artist’s hand is more powerful than the digital image. Her works combine aesthetics from early image software like Microsoft Paint, with her hand-made abstraction. Her loud painterly style hinges on layer upon layer of texture, which simultaneously harmonise and fight against each other. Sumptuously thick oil paint is squeezed direct...

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Trudy Benson was born in 1985 in Richmond, Virginia, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


After moving to New York Benson's practice caught the attention of the city's Foundation for the Arts, who awarded her a sought-after painting fellowship. She was also nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014.


Work featured in collections including the Portland Museum of Artl the Aïshti Foundation, Lebanon; Saatchi Gallery, London and the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art.

Collaborations with Trudy Benson