Portrait de Ben Elliot

Ben Elliot

Ben Elliot is a young French artist whose work was exhibited in May 2022 at Studio des Acacias for the first group show of Reiffers Art Initiatives, entitled “DES CORPS LIBRES – Une jeune scène française”. His approach proposes a new reflection on the consumer society, and tackles contemporary subjects at the frontiers between art, intimate life and marketing.

Filters (Flames)

Ben Elliot, 2020

Unreleased Selfies

Ben Elliot, 2017

Filters

Ben Elliot, 2020

Unreleased Selfies

Ben Elliot, 2017

In The Shower

Ben Elliot, 2019

Perfect365 N°2

Ben Elliot, 2020

Perfect Painting (Red, blue, yellow, grey)

Ben Elliot, 2021

Perfect365 N°13

Ben Elliot, 2020

Unreleased Selfies (view of the exhibition "DES CORPS LIBRES - Une jeune scène française" at the Studio des Acacias)

Ben Elliot, 2022

View of the exhibition "DES CORPS LIBRES - Une jeune scène française"

Ben Elliot, 2022

Unreleased Selfies (view of the exhibition "DES CORPS LIBRES - Une jeune scène française" at the Studio des Acacias)

Ben Elliot, 2022

Biography

As an artist- influencer, he integrates the new trends of the staging on social networks,
by exploring the practice of the selfie: the artist raises to the rank of art this need for self- expression. Collaborating with personalities or international brands, Ben Elliot launches several products and his name itself becomes a brand.
Ben Elliot belongs to a generation that has never known life without the internet, that stages its daily life on social networks and for whom the attention of others is the most precious commodity. The artist is represented by Exo Exo, Paris.

Texts

“Ben Elliot, the artist who turned his virtual avatar into a work of art” by Anika Meier .
— “Numéro Art”, 2020

“He is an influencer and an artist, an artist and an influencer. On Instagram, he can be seen posing in beautiful places – on a beach, by a swimming pool, in the turquoise sea, under coconut trees or in the middle of the desert. He is fine, he travels, he leads the good life. Like all influencers, he shares on social networks the perfect shots of a perfect life. “Influencers are the new actors of our time,” he says. Many of their characteristics are interesting to study and, sometimes, to reproduce”. And that's exactly what he does: he reproduces things he's seen before. But he does more. For Ben Elliot, what constitutes the daily work of an influencer becomes art. He organizes a party, launches a new product on the market, opens a shop, collaborates with brands. His name itself becomes a brand. He has his festive event (Ben Elliot Party), his water (Ben Elliot Water), his shop (Ben Elliot Shop).”

"Ben Elliot Influencers” by Emily Chancey
—“Fluxo”, 2019

“The Internet, cell phones, and social media networking, branding, and influencing are the creative and entrepreneurial tools and, at times, artworks themselves of the current generation. In the virtual realm, the individual possesses the agency and ability to construct a digital self or identity as real or as imagined as they wish. Ben Elliot debuts 5 new “Unreleased Selfies” from his archive. These images while curated and posed did not reflect his brand, the persona he carefully presents, shares, and sells online. While intended for digital viewing, they can be seen only here in real life. Influencers examines the current culture of self-branding and influencer marketing – how we construct ourselves, communicate online, build brands in our image and market ourselves – across a variety of disciplines – visual art, design, filmmaking, music – to suggest an interconnected and intermixed contemporary culture joining together people, brands, and fresh ideas.”