Ben Horton is a contemporary American artist who is known for his unique and thought-provoking artworks that often convey a strong message about social and political issues. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Horton's artistic style is characterized by bold colors, graphic lines, and intricate patterns, which he uses to create complex and layered compositions that reflect his personal experiences and observations of the world around him. His works often address themes such as consumerism, cultural identity, environmentalism, and human rights, and are heavily influenced by his background in skateboarding and street art. One of Horton's most notable works is his series of paintings titled "Blood for Oil," which critiques the United States' dependence on foreign oil and the wars that have been fought to secure access to it. These paintings feature oil derricks, gas masks, and military vehicles juxtaposed with images of animals and nature, creating a powerful commentary on the impact of human greed on the environment and other living beings. Horton's artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the United States, as well as internationally, and has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Beautiful/Decay. He has also collaborated with a variety of brands and organizations, including Vans, Levi's, and the Surfrider Foundation, to create custom designs and campaigns. In addition to his work as an artist, Horton is also a writer and filmmaker. He has written and directed several short films, including "The Lost and Found Shop," which was awarded Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Overall, Ben Horton's bold and socially conscious artwork has made him an important voice in the contemporary art world, and his ability to use his creativity to shed light on important issues is truly inspiring.
Purchase As The Crow Flies Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Fine Art Paper by Ben Horton Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "I originally created this piece for a show in Oceanside, California called Landline. The show was loosely based on the pros and cons of communication between people in today’s society, one of the pros being the way some people get straight to the point during a conversation. Likewise, crows have the freedom to fly from point A to B, without being forced to take needless twists and turns. The background is a mixture of 1950s and 60’s automobile ads and car part blueprints representing the seemingly endless twists and turns we are forced to take while driving from point A to B. But a car can also represent a type of freedom as well: being able to go wherever you want whenever you want. The fence is a representation of boundaries that take away our freedom." - Ben Horton