Grotesque and surreal
"My whole life I had been told that art was so serious and I wanted to do the exact opposite of that. It’s art that reflects what exists behind closed doors in a funny yet sweet way."
Ben Evans uses his art as a way to expose and normalize what people do behind closed doors. His illustrations feature satirical contrasts, such as a man stuffing his face with food whilst laying on a treadmill with the caption “fitspo.” He often draws people smoking weed or with ungroomed body hair- all things many normal people have and do but pretend otherwise. His Instagram handle name “benisright” reflects his take on society. He is most definitely right that everyone has at least one ‘bad’ habit that they prefer to keep behind closed doors.
In 2013, Ben moved from his native North Carolina to New York, where he felt encouraged to question his role as a gay man in America and his gender. Because of that, none of the figures in his work are gendered (they also tend to be masked, with nipples that are cleverly obscured). “In a lot of ways, the work is totally personal,” Ben explains.
“In other ways, it’s totally not. I am exploring myself but also want to be a part of the end of gender norms and a two-gender system.”