Benjamin Jai

Benjamin Jai started life out in Sydney and, after travelling, working, studying and living in various cities and regions, based himself in Lismore, almost 20 years ago.

In this time he has managed to raise and homeschool two children while completing an honours degree in visual arts

at Southern Cross University, and developing his arts practice.

He has been studying visual art, and creating and exhibiting work since 1988, some of which can be found at:

Opening on the 22nd of September 2017, from 6pm,

"SubTerania: Subliminal Terrain"

is a new body of work from local visual artist Benjamin Jai.

The works in "SubTerania" are mixed media paintings on canvas

that broadly feature stripped back, minimal fields of colour.

Mostly devoid of figures and formations,

these compositions give a sense of space,

allowing for the subtleties of paint to emerge through

colour, line, texture and reflective effects.

Sumptuous gradients of saturated colour are juxtaposed

light upon dark across a luminous horizon line, suggesting

terrain but also resisting the definition of landscape

by being resolutely abstract.

In other works there is no horizon, but a haze of overall colour blended with robust licks of thick luscious paint,

producing subtle variations of tone and texture.

They can be vaguely suggestive of forms found in nature,

but sublimated through memory as represented solely

in the direct process of paint applied on canvas.

Again, these works are resolutely abstract;

the result of broad gestures emerging

through layers of luminous colour.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening event.

Light refreshments available.

This exhibition will be on view until the 2nd of October 2017.

'Ask me (female)' - 2009

Acrylic, enamel and charcoal on canvas.

30 cm X 30 cm


'Ask me (male)' - 2009

Acrylic, enamel and charcoal on canvas.

30 cm X 30 cm


'!' - 2994

Acrylic, oil and enamel on MDF board

59 cm x 122 cm


Education & Training

Solo Exhibitions

 1992 - Feb.

 2010 - Jan.

Solo exhibition of sculpture;

Café Yartz Gallery, Northcote, VIC.

Solo exhibition of painting (as planned)

Next Gallery, Lismore, NSW.



Group Exhibitions