Ben Joel is primarily a painter who has a wide range of interests and expertise in traditional and contemporary processes in most media: oils, acrylics, watercolour, gouache, large shaped surfaces, murals, multiple screens and digital techniques. Over the years Ben Joel’s work has also involved interactive multimedia computer aided art, and multi-projector audio-visual media. He has particular technical proficiency in portraiture, life drawing and colour theory. Ben is well known for his numerous commissioned portraits which are in local, interstate and international collections.
He has a PhD from Curtin University and from 1989 to 2008 was the head of Painting in the now School of Design and Art at that institution. During this period Ben held several solo exhibitions, exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and undertook many commissions. He has now returned to private projects, continues to exhibit and teaches on a sessional basis.