During the cold war, Abstract Expressionism emerged as an affirmation of the individual. It has been said that groups cannot suffer, only the individuals within them. One is expressed in statistics, the other in tragedy. Yet individuals exist in an ecosystem of relationships with each other. Harmony lives in the tensions between unity and diversity, interaction and space. These works continue these inquiries into our present cultural moment. Mark making becomes a navigation tool through dissonance and denouement, volatility and stillness, time and memory.
Interested in you, so as to be interesting, 2016
Handmade paint on raw canvas
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
If it is so, let it be so, 2016
Farrow & Ball (low to zero VOC) paint on canvas
55 x 55 inches (139.7 x 139.7 cm)
Goop Portal 2016
mixed media on canvas
35.5 x 35.5 inches (90.17 x 90.17 cm)
Gesso on canvas
41 x 44 inches (104.14 x 111.76 cm)
Purple Triangle, 2016
Mixed media on canvas
54 x 54 inches (137.16 x 137.16 cm)
navy seal advice, 2016
mixed media on canvas
36 x 35 inches (91.44 x 91.44 cm)
Teepee Bird, 2016
Mixed media on canvas
43.375 x 43.375 inches (110.17 x 110.17 cm)
It was an honour to do the cover artwork for "The Business of Graphic Design, The RGD Professional Handbook."
Designed by: The Office of Gilbert Li. Designers: Gilbert Li, Vanda Marasan, Marcello Hong. Interior illustration shown: Hudson Christie. Client: The Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD). Photography: Chris Thomaidis. Buy Book Here $50 + Shipping.
Easter Campaign 2016
For the Meeting House
The Canadianist — Print For Sale
COLLOQUIALISMS BY BEN WEEKS / 8" X 10" LETTERPRESS PRINT
HOLY MACKINAW! Ben Weeks gives 'er with a caboodle of Canadian colloquialisms — in his signature spontaneous, sprawling and exuberant style.
Each print is certified with a foil seal and letterpressed mini certificate — and packaged with a sturdy chipboard backing in a protective, crystal clear cello bag.
The Canadianist series prints are designed to perfectly fit Ikea RIBBA 30 x 40 cm frames (frame not included).
$20 each or all five as a set for $80.
With, Katy Dockrill, Tom Froese, Jeannie Phan, Andrew Kolb
$20 each or all five as a set for $80
With, Jeannie Phan, Katy Dockrill, Tom Froese
I'm pleased to have been invited to contribute to this beautifully printed series along with fellow Canadian illustrators. These are phrases which I associate with life in Canada. Encouragements, metaphors from from tough game of ice hockey and sense of wonder about our vast natural wilderness.
Detail. Niagara Falls.
I love it when my clients win awards.
Toscani ADC Poster
Photography: Paul Weeks
Design: Underline Studio
Printing: Newspaper Club
Words: Oliviero Toscani
Lettering & Illustration: Ben Weeks
Client: The Art Director's Club
More on the campaign Here.
Ben art directed the athletes in this commercial on set as they created lettering for the campaign tagline (#NowOrNever) to be used in the print campaign. At times only 10 minutes with an athlete would be available, so we had to make the best of it. One of the 15-20 final selects was used in the spot directed by Mark Zibert.
Client: Canadian Olympic Committee
Agency: Cossette, Toronto (Canada)
Creative Director: Glen Hunt, Yusong Zhang, Dhaval Blatt
Copywriter / Art Director: Dave Laing, Heather Kinoshita
Director: Mark Zibert, Jordan Dashner
Production Company: Sons and Daughters, Descendants TV
The intent of the campaign is clearer here. The COC hopes to raise funds to help train Canada's future olympic competitors. It's a long, tough road.
Ecobee makes smart wi-fi thermostats with remote sensors. To show gratitude to their team they commissioned an illustration of this quote by Jimmy Johnson, "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra."
desiringGod purpose video
"To date, it’s our most succinct and creative way of saying who we are."
Storyboards: Ben Weeks, Animation: Jorge Canedo Estrada, Soundtrack: John Poon, Voiceover: John Piper
One of many storyboard iterations
Graphic Design is a powerful tool which uses color, material and form to set an emotional tone and convey quality. These are things I take seriously and therefore invest in. Like my work I wanted to create a sense of delight and play. Featured on Brand New's Friday Likes. Designed by TUNG
Cover illustration for The Business of Creativity issue Summer 2016. Art Directed by Glenn Taylor.
Double Page Spread Illustration for an article on Depression's Upside. Designed by Robert Vargas.
An article on Performance Enhancement for the Week In Review section. Art Directed by Joon Mo Kang.
Stanford School of Business Magazine
Art Direction by: Pentagram
Art Directed by: Chris Lee who taught me how to triangulate colour placement.
"What Scares Google: How the search giant hopes to stay on top." For an article on paradigm shifts in the tech industry. Art Directed by: Jason Treat
The Right School: Cover illustration elements. Art Directed by Jessica Rose.
For a story about the school's 100 year anniversary. Designed by Erin Steed.
Illustration for an article on the interesting things students do when they take a year off school. Art Directed by: Corliss Elizabeth Williams
Spot illustration as part of the depression feature article package.
Cover illustration for a feature article exploring designer's personal projects. Art Directed by Michael Hewis.
Shopping Guide Cover lettering. Many stores featured in this issue like to post it at their establishment "Featured in Toronto Life." Always amazing to see your work in use all over the city. Art Directed by Jessica Rose.
Full page illustration for an article exploring: "What is a Sophisticated investor?" Designed by: Patricia Hwang
Mortal Hazard feature illustration. Art Directed by Brian Morgan. Designed by: Paul Kim
Lettering for "Best of Canada: 25 Reasons to Love this Country Now." Art Directed by Annelise Dekker.
"Ben Weeks has Many Loves" was a 2-year project. I researched creative leaders around the world, created an icon for each of them to represent their work, found their contact information, hand-customized 1200 posters for each recipient and mailed them out.
It was great to hear back from GQ, Hillstone New York Times Magazine, Rodrigo Corral and Apple. The project won lots of blog coverage and awards from D&AD and Communication Arts (No. 392 May/June 2013 pg.71) Over 4 years, my compounding annual rate of return on the project turned out to be 32.09% which was a 3X return on my investment.
Credits: Made in collaboration with Underline Studio where Claire Dawson & Fidel Peña art directed, Emily Tu designed and created the custom typeface. Cover Photo: Underconsideration.com Interior Photos: MadeByTung. Data Processing Assistant: Kate Noyes. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest at Andora Graphics.
Artwork for viewbook. Photography by Derek Shapton. Design by Andrea Gibson for Ove.
Holiday Essentials Poster
Juniper Park Mural Video
Featured in Creative Review and Communication Arts, this mural was created for the reception area of an advertising agency to help inspire their staff and visiting clients. Creative Director: Barry Quinn, Terry Drummond, Alan Madill. ACD: Christine Gliha. Producer: Ryan Teixeira. Assistant to Ben Weeks: Ian Turner.
Typography: Ben Weeks
Director: Hubert Davis
Creative Director: Christina Yu
Editor: Panic & Bob
PEN Canada: Bad Words
Illustrations by Ben Weeks
Design by Soapbox
Creative Directors: Jim Ryce, Gary Beelik
Printed by: Somerset Graphics Co. Ltd.
Won Gold from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada
as well as Best in Show at NUARS and some other things.
PEN Canada: Crimes
I was a second year illustration student when this work was published into American Illustration, beating hundreds—even thousands of submissions from professionals. The book recognizes the strongest images of the year. One of the judges was the guy who did the cartoons on SNL. So it was a great honour.
The twins are in the womb, dreaming of something to come in another world.
This work was also done for fun on my own when I was an art student. I always had wanted to be an astronaut. Being an artist was a pragmatic compromise. Anyway the intensity, innovation and desire for discovery I love. We often in the west overlook the contributions and achievements Russia made. They have an aesthetic that's less familiar than the images we're more familiar with. So that was a fun collection of iconography to explore.
This was when I stopped drawing in the classical style and found the confidence to play and discover my own voice. I did a series of works I can post if you're interested. I love the decisions in this drawing and the others. Some of the best I've ever done. Though commercially, people don't often ask for this look. It would be amazing to draw a celebrity portrait from life sometime.
Good things to be. Love the graphic shapes and fragile lines. These were printed as banners for a church I grew up in where my dad had been one of the pastors as a kid.
This was made in 2004 if I recall. It was a finalist in the Pizza Express Prospects show and exhibited in the Tea Building in London England—the same building where Tomato's offices were.
The mint chocolate chip ice-cream floats by his fallen comrades in the frozen section of the super market.
I was also an art student sometime in 2002-03 when I did this one. It was based on some sketches I'd done for fun in my sketchbook that our awesome teacher (Paul Dallas) encouraged me to explore further. The brief had been to make something for inflight purchases for Virgin Airlines if I recall. For a sophisticated audience. I imagined a kind of very cool king who could fly with the power of his own beard.