Open to the public Nov 18th to 20th 2022 at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall CV37 6EF

Ben Cowan



Art that makes you think




Art that makes you think  
Lamps upcycled from our cultural heritage and digital art born of iconography and humour
‘My digital art is created to make people think, but also laugh. I explore culture and politics through iconography and the lens of comedy. Returning to Leamington Spa from humanitarian work around the world, I seek to find something tangible in physical lighting design and to translate my ideas into print for a giggle.
I have developed an extensive range of spoof vintage-style ‘SMART Book Cover’ prints and greetings cards inspired by classical literature. I re-imagine the iconic Penguin format and colour-coded categories as ‘Pangolin Books’, with limited edition ‘Pangolin Classics’ for a modern world. In ‘My Classical Miseducation’ series, there are also book shelf compositions displaying dozens of spoof titles and authors, which betray that my lack of literary education, supplanted as it was by Monty Python and stand up comedians. Other series include spoof music festival posters, iconic album covers and a range printed on 125 year old manuscript paper giving voice to an omniscent, omnipresent God.
‘SMART lighting’ offers a ‘second life’ to objects that have outlived their usefulness, transforming their use into elegant naked bulb table and desk lamps. I scour salvage fairs and vintage shops for battered instruments, factory parts, tractor gears and breweriana to create something unique, something different from eastern reproduction. Light comes into your home, gifts given as presents, conversations begin… :-)’