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Benny Fountain

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Assistant Professor of Art
Drawing & 2D Design

Benny Fountain was born in Moscow, Idaho, at the center of a rich agricultural region known as the Palouse. Fountain traces his love for looking to the stunning light and color of the farmlands he witnessed growing up. At age 19, while travelling throughout Europe, Fountain encountered the artworks of Paris, London, and Italy. Stunned, he returned home to become a painter. Educated in Portland, Philadelphia, and Rome, Fountain joined the Faculty at Baylor in 2013. His paintings and teaching concentrate on how abstraction drives meaning in representational art. Fountain is represented by the Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR.

MFA, Temple University
BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Artist Statement

The Form of Affection

I have three points to make:

  1. The internal core, the pattern at the center of all life is as such:
    Many distinct and diverse parts meet, interpenetrate, and
    bind together into a relationally unified whole.
    Communion, Coherence, Affection, Love
  2. This norm is constantly threatened
    Threatened by conflicts internal
    Threatened by conflicts external
  3. A vision of unity is relevant and poignant to the degree that unity is vulnerable.
  4. These paintings are the form of affection, the shape, the texture, the color and tone of love.

    Professional Work

    Composition #1 | oil on canvas, 8
    Composition #1 | oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2015
    Composition #9 | oil on canvas, 8
    Composition #9 | oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2014
    Combine #2 Dinner Table and Idaho Stack | oil on canvas, 56
    Combine #2 Dinner Table and Idaho Stack | oil on canvas, 56" x 38", 2015
    Large Combine #3 Boy, Idaho | oil on canvas, 38
    Large Combine #3 Boy, Idaho | oil on canvas, 38" x 56", 2015
    Composition #2 | oil on canvas, 15
    Composition #2 | oil on canvas, 15" x 12", 2015
    Composition #3 | oil on canvas, 12
    Composition #3 | oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2015
    Still Life Composition #3 | oil on linen, 13
    Still Life Composition #3 | oil on linen, 13" x 17", 2014
    Still Life Composition #3 | oil on canvas, 8
    Still Life Composition #3 | oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2015
    Still Life Composition #1 | oil on canvas, 8
    Still Life Composition #1 | oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2015
    Still Life Composition #7 | oil on canvas, 12
    Still Life Composition #7 | oil on canvas, 12" x 15", 2015