I work across various 2d media: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, collage, etc. Currently my practice is what I would describe as post-Photography: using photographs not just as reference material but as inspiration in terms of visual texture. I reinterpret old and distressed photographs using ink, paint, drawing and collage. Like Marlene Dumas, I have found that "second-hand images can generate first-hand emotions." The physical gestures of drawing and painting - what I think of as calligraphy - revivify the Dead of the photograph.
My training is in printmaking, darkroom photography and Japanese calligraphy. I am a long-term student of calligraphy master Ishihara Sotei. Currently I teach Art History and Cultural Theory, Painting, Printmaking and Drawing as a sessional teacher at RMIT and at Melbourne Polytechnic. I have held several solo exhibitions over the last 30 years, and taken part in a number of group shows in both Australia and Japan. After taking an extended break from Art to work and raise a family, in 2018 I returned to regular studio practice. Last year I held my first solo show for some time at the Japanese Consulate in Bourke St, and I am planning another solo show this year, COVID restrictions willing.
There is an archive of images on Instagram @benjamin.uno but I no longer access messages or update that account. I regularly post new work on my blog at benjaminuno.blogspot.com
Workshops/demonstrations/master-classes/presentations, Residency – community, in school, Public art projects, Professional development training, Exhibitions, Arts for social change/creative activism
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Adults, Businesses, General public, Men, People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, People living with disabilities, School children, Women, Young people
Dr David Rosenthal Award, (VCA 1990)
Masters in Education (Flinders), TAE40116 (CBD College), Grad Dip Ed. (Melb), BFA Hons (Monash), BA (VCA).