Benjamin West is a collagist based in London. Juxtaposing the natural with the mechanical, Benjamin's surreal compositions examine environmental issues concerning genetic engineering, pollution, urbanisation, and industrialisation.
Informed by his background in graphic design and photography, Benjamin's collage is clean-cut and blemish-free. Yet, his work is not made digitally. Instead, drawing on the idealogy of the 20th-century Arts & Crafts movement, which laid emphasis on 'artists as craftsmen', Benjamin cuts and mounts his compositions meticulously by hand.
Benjamin graduated from London College of Communication in 1996 with BA (Hons) in Graphic and Media Design. In 2003, he went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Photography at Falmouth Art College.