Ben is best known as an illustrator, lettering artist and motion designer. He also has worked as a consulting creative director, news graphics editor, teacher, strategist and production designer.
Ben taught design thinking at Miami Ad School Toronto in 2018 and advises on Sheridan College Illustration’s Professional Advisory Committee. He grew up in the South of Ireland during the troubles in the 1980s and was awarded his Master’s Degree in England in 2004 by Sir Patrick Stewart on full scholarship. In 2005 Ben began his creative consultancy full time in Toronto working mainly with top tier design firms and ad agencies.
His paintings are a form of process based exploration, informal psychology experiment and spiritual practice.
“Your creative imagery conveys volumes in a positive, insightful and visionary manner. These images will be of value in our quest to inspire greatness and ensure people realize their potential in work and life.”
—Max Carbone, CEO, Teamworks
“Ben was able to visualize our concept and did so in a way that only he can. His style and approach is unique. He was on time, on budget and on concept.”
—Armin Vit, Founder, UnderConsideration, Brand New
“One look at Ben's body of work and it's apparent that he has a singular and engrossing artistic vision—and that he has that rare mix of talent and justifiable self-confidence to turn it into reality. ... It was a terrific experience working with him.”
—Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe, VP UX at Wildcard, Ex Digital Design Director at New York Times and one of Fast Company's “50 Most Influential Designers in America”
“Ben has a diverse and often astounding imagination, which he uses to bring alternative and intelligent ideas to his work. He brought a refreshing perspective to projects and was a pleasure to work with.”
—Rob Brearly, Creative Director, WeAreGolden
"I finally had a chance to look closely at the beautiful work
that you sent to me. Very nice. Great spirit."
“3 pieces of Ben's work has been permanently up on my wall in my office at the Art Directors Club in NYC for the past two years. I think that speaks of what I think of Ben and his work. Very talented man!”
—Ignacio Oreamuno, Executive Director, The Art Directors Club
"Not just an illustrator but strategic too."
—Zak Mroueh, Zulu Alpha Kilo, Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Concrete, Hornall Anderson Designworks, Juliette Cezzar, Khoi Vinh, Landor, Pentagram, Russell Gibbs Design, Q30, Soapbox, The Office of Gilbert Li, Underline Studio, VivaDolan, VSA Partners.
Cossette, Grip Limited, Great Society, Juniper Park, KesslesKramer, Lowe Roche, MacLaren McCann, Palm + Havas, The Hive, Tribal DDB, Venture Communications.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, HHMI, New York Times Magazine, Alberta Venture, Cottage Life, Canadian Business, Best Health, Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Portfolio, National Post, Toronto Life, Esquire BlackBook, Time Magazine, Rotman School of Business, Stanford School of Business Magazine, Waterloo, Wharton
Honda, Chevrolet Malibu, Cadbury's, Ecobee, Hershey's, Kokanee, RBC Investor Services, Penguin, Random House, Teamworks, Horizons ETF, Cumbrae's, Hillstone, Unitron, Thompson Hotels.
Community, Non-Profit, Teaching & Speaking
ADC Global, Canadian Cancer Society, College Track, IIDEX, Do the Green Thing, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Humber College, OCAD, desiringGod.org, the ADCC, FiTC, PEN Canada, YMCA, Miami Ad School Toronto, RGD Ontario, Laila Biali, Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret'd) Senator.
Writing & Producing
Ben wrote about homemade ice fishing huts for the final issue of Works That Work: A Magazine of Unexpected Creativity. (It's publisher Peter Bilak is a type designer who created dot.dot.dot.) Ben interviewed photographer Richard Johnson and featured his work. Ben is producing a documentary film about Rob Janoff the designer of the Apple logo. Shot in Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago and "Unicorn Island" in Chengdu, China.
Awards & Press
Communication Arts, Creative Review, American Illustration, Applied Arts, FPO Awards, It’s Nice That, ffffound, DesignEdge Canada, Applied Arts, Coupe, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Peter Giffen, HeyThere, YouNxt, Everclimb, Creative Review, TASCHEN, Juxtapoz.com, IdN and D&AD.