17.10.11 by Jeff

Ben Tour

Drawings by Ben Tour.

Drawings by artist illustrator Ben Tour
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31.01.10 by Jeff

HELP HAITI – Art Fundraiser

I’m sure you’re all aware that Haiti needs help right now, so here’s a chance to lend a hand and get some amazing artwork in the process!

contemporary art donated to help haiti

All of the artwork displayed here is listed with the agreement that the artists will donate all of the proceeds from each sale to Haiti.

If you’re not interested in purchasing any of the artwork but you’d like to make a donation to a recognized organization, Google has made it very easy! http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/

help haiti art fundraiser

Ben Tour
Orphan
Giclee Print on museum rag paper
17 x 22 inches
$200

EMAIL TO PURCHASE – mention “Haiti Fundraiser”!

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02.11.09 by Jeff

Ben Tour / Interview

This is the first of six mini interviews, featuring the artists in our Tangents art show. First up is Ben Tour!

 

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BEN TOUR INTERVIEW

 

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Can you describe your process? And are the little letters that appear in some of the works from those rub/transfer sheets?

My process changes from piece to piece. With painting, I start with a sketch which is quite tight and then project it on my chosen surface with an overhead projector. I’ve played around with different techniques but find this one the easiest. For smaller scale work, I just sit down and get to work usually building the final from smaller roughs. Tradititional illustrator style. The little letters and numbers are rub-on. It’s a product that was popular for designers before computers.

My Dad actually introduced me to it as he would lay out magazines cut and paste style and have sheets of Letraset Rub-On next to the drafting table. I also remember as a kid their was similar stuff in boxes of Fruit Loops – you would get a little rub-on sheet with Toucan Sam and you could use a pencil and rub him onto paper. I’d forgotten all about the stuff and then by chance years later found a box of it, which I still have.

I totally remember those rub-on sheets in the cereal boxes! When you were a kid did you ever read those books that came with a battery-powered “pen” that had some sort of laser in it and when you put it on different colors in the book it would make different noises and light up? (This sounds totally made up, but I swear this was actually a thing!)

I don’t remember those? Sounds awesome. My parents only got the good kid cereal maybe once a month, I ate alot of Shredded Wheat and Weetabix. I like both of those cereals but they never had cool toys.

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30.10.09 by Jeff

Tangents

I can’t keep it secret any longer, I am extremely excited to announce the first-ever Booooooom art show, Tangents!

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I have joined forces with the folks at Lifetime Collective to bring together six amazing artists for a group show here in Vancouver. November 13th. 8PM. Lifetime Space (68 5th Ave West).

The artists are: Erika Somogyi, Garry Trinh, Kenichi Hoshine, Ben Tour, Luke Ramsey, and Jennilee Marigomen.

Three locals, and three out of towners, all supremely talented. It is going to be an amazing show.

RSVP the Facebook event.

05.01.09 by Jeff

Ben Tour

Vancouver-based (close enough) Ben Tour is killing it right now! If you are in the Toronto area, head on over to the Meta Gallery (107-37 Mill St.) – Ben’s Electric Orphans show is up from Jan 9 – Feb 15!

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