I am a painter, muralist, and teacher based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inspired by the integral energy within my surroundings, I work to portray visceral feelings evoked in people, places, and relationships that I encounter. My artistic process bears a close connection to my subject matter. The layering of energetic brushstrokes to generate an image and an identity fascinates me. Each stroke on the canvas is a small piece of the whole, thus bearing connection to both nature, at a cellular level, and the digital age. Pixels often serve as memories, creating a skewed glance at our world. In my work, I am delving into this conversation between past and present, traditional and contemporary, memory vs. reality. Cascading brushstrokes and forms reflect moments in flux, shifting perceptions, and evolving landscapes. Sometimes, through fragmenting images, I begin to disconnect my process, highlighting the pieces that make my subjects whole.
Currently, I offer painting classes to adults and children, paint murals of all kinds, and do commissions to fulfill most budgets. Please get in touch with any questions or interest in my work or to set up a studio visit.
Painter Ben Hamburger was born in Silver Spring, MD and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2008, he studied art history and oil painting at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. In 2011, Hamburger moved to Asia where he continued painting and teaching in diverse settings in Bangkok, Thailand and later Gujarat, India. Hamburger’s experiences abroad influence his artwork and teaching methodology. After returning to the states in 2012, Ben resettled in New Orleans, where he was immediately inspired by the vibrancy of the city, which is reflected in much of his work. Hamburger has been embraced by the arts community in New Orleans as an artist and instructor. He is represented in several local galleries, participates in group and solo exhibitions around town, teaches workshops at local schools and notable institutions, and has had artwork purchased by the New Orleans Arts Council for the city’s permanent collection. Hamburger is currently pursuing his MFA in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.