Photograph by Keri Weiland

Photograph by Keri Weiland


Artist Statement

I’m interested in narrative.

I’m interested in awkward shapes, lines, colors, interactions, surfaces, and gestures.

I’m interested in little lies, big lies, specificity, and ambiguity.

I’m interested in the borders between painting and sculpture, art and function.

I’m interested in the color white black yellow red yellow.

I’m interested in perfect craft. I’m interested in sloppy craft.

I’m interested in the psychology of love and hate.

I’m interested in loud, large marks, and quiet, subtle variations of color.

I’m interested in construction.

I’m interested in context.

I’m interested in gravity.

Ultimately, my work is about editing and displaying. It is a reflection of my environment; a constant study of how paintings, drawings, and objects interact, create and manipulate relationships, and engage viewers.

Whether or not I construct strict conceptual guidelines for myself, my work will always be an amalgam of my interests, and I’ll continue to move forward from each successive piece I make.

My goal is always to make things that are fresh and challenging.


Benjamin Terry lives and works in Dallas, TX. He received an MFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013, from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the country including Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. He recently had solo exhibitions at Art League Houston, Ro2 Art, and Guerrero-Projects. Terry was an artist-in-resident at The Maple Terrace in Brooklyn in the spring of 2018. Curatorial work has become an integral part of his practice with exhibitions curated at Kirk Hopper Fine Arts (Dallas), Circuit12 Contemporary (Dallas), and Texas Woman’s University (Denton) in 2017. He was featured in volume 96 and 132 of New American Paintings, and has received both the Clare Hart Degoyler and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards from the Dallas Museum of Art. He is currently a Professor of Practice at the University of Texas Arlington.


Benjamin Terry


Selected Work