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BEN COPPERWHEAT

b.1975

Ben Copperwheat, born 1975, Luton, United Kingdom, produces fine art, wearable art, interior concepts, and has created printed textile collections for some of the world’s leading brands. Copperwheat is known for his signature bright colours and bold, graphic imagery, and screen prints. His work is a riot of rainbow, neon colour taking the form of a library of motifs and icons creating a unique visual language. In 2002, Copperwheat debuted his paintings at Studio Voltaire, London, alongside Liz Neal, Holly Johnson, Erdem Moralioglu, Patrick Coleman and Shezad Dawood at AUSGANG!, a group show curated by Liz Neal. Following his move to New York in 2003, exploring fashion and textile design, he provided design direction and created print collections to some of the world’s most renowned brands, including: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Edun, Pret A Surf, Victorinox Swiss Army, Stephen Burrows, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Daryl K.

In 2009, Ben established the avant garde menswear line, COPPERWHEAT, with his cousin Lee Copperwheat in 2009. Covered by publications like Dazed Digital, Vogue Italia, and Surface Magazine, collaborating with Palladium shoes and singer Miguel, COPPERWHEAT quickly generated excitement with its unusual combination of Ben’s distinctive hand printed designs, and Lee’s tailoring. Together they produced five collections shown during New York Fashion Week, “London to New York,” “End of Empire,” “Brave New World,” “Urban Warrior,” and “Smash it Up!.”

Recently, in 2015, he participated in the Interface group exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum, and in the 2015 and 2016 POWERED group show. In 2016, Copperwheat joined the Art/Fashion group of artists at the cutting edge of wearable art, founded and curated by the New York City stylist, Patricia Field. This partnership led to a number of high profile runway shows and collaborations including: Berlin Fashion Week, September 2016, Art Basel Miami 2016 & 2017, a commissioned mural for Luisa Via Roma luxury department store in Florence, Italy January 2017, a showcase of his art at Schimanski Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in March-May 2017, and in the summer of 2017, an ArtFashion exhibition and runway show in Mykonos, Greece. For the 2017 NYC Pride celebrations, Copperwheat was commissioned by Jane Friedman of the Howl Happening Gallery, to design and paint a float for the Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Health + Wellness Center. In September 2017, he was invited to show his wearable art collection as part of London Fashion Week at London Queer Fashion Show, an exciting celebration of leading queer designers. Susanne Bartsch invited Ben to show is collection in collaboration with Jeanise Aviles & Rachel Singer of Sparkle Princess at her event, Arte Porter, Collection Presentation Runway and art exhibition, at the Tampa Museum Of Art, Tampa, Florida. The show took place on October 5th 2017. In February 2018 Ben Copperwheat exhibited in the group show IN:SPIRE, paying homage to Leigh Bowery, creating a portrait of the performance artist nightlife legend. In March 2018, Ben exhibited in the group show, “Ideas Get Dressed”, at Sapar Contemporary in TriBeCa, New York. curated by Emma Hepburn Ferrer.

His work is commissioned by personalities and organizations like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, Boy George, Liza Minelli, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Blow, Rod Thomas and David Collins Studio.

Since 2001. Ben has developed syllabus and taught at four British and American universities: Northumbria University Newcastle, Royal College Of Art, San Francisco Academy Of Art and New York University.

Ben Copperwheat graduated with a BA (Hons) Creative Arts from Bath Spa University in 1999 and a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art in 2001.

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My work is a layering of motifs and icons to create a visual history and a personal journey on canvas and clothing using screen print, collage, painting, photography, and photoshop. Architecture of NYC and London, trippy florals, lightning bolts, hearts, the British Royal Family, icons of popular culture adorn my work. My signature is bright, often neon, rainbow colours and bold, graphic imagery. My background of fine art and fashion textile design is a foundation of my work. The fusion of these areas is of great interest to me, and my evolving practice of self expression as a queer artist living with HIV.

Contact

BEN COPPERWHEAT Artist / Designer / Educator

www.bencopperwheat.com

[email protected]

+1 212 729 7599

Education

Royal College Of Art

MA Printed Textiles. London, United Kingdom. 1999 - 2001

Bath School Of Art & Design, Bath Spa University

BA (Hons) Creative Arts (Fine Art/Textiles). Bath, United Kingdom. 1996 -1999

Teaching Positions

New York University

Adjunct Instructor - Developed syllabus and taught on campus NYU SPS: High School Academy, Fashion Design In New York City / The Fashion Designer As An Artist. New York City. 2016-present

Academy Of Art University San Francisco

Adjunct Instructor - Developed syllabus and taught online class: Textile Printing For Product. San Francisco, California. 2015-present

Royal College Of Art

Visiting Lecturer, MA Printed Textiles. London, United Kingdom. 2002-2009

Northumbria University At Newcastle

Senior Lecturer. BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Course. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. 2001-2003

Exhibitions / Special Projects

Ideas Get Dressed, Group Show

Sapar Contemporary, New York City. March - April 2018

Nine Lives, Group Show

Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ. February - March 2018

IN:SPIRE a group show inspired by Leigh Bowery

Leslie Lohman Museum, 26 Wooster Street, New York City. February 2018

Patricia Field Art/Fashion: Art Basel, Miami

White Dot Gallery, Miami, Florida. December 1st- 31st 2017

Patricia Field Art Fashion, Exhibition And Runway

Runway and art exhibition, Joe’s Garage, Catskill, NY. October 2017

Susanne Bartsch, Arte Porter, Collection Presentation

Runway and art exhibition, Tampa Museum Of Art, Tampa, Florida, October 2017

London Queer Fashion Show, Collection Presentation

Hackney Showroom, London, UK. September 2017

Lgbt Pride Float For Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Health + Wellness Center

Pride March, New York City. June 2017

“Icons” Solo Exhibition

Schimanski, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. March - June 2017

“Constellation”, Commissioned Mural

Luisa Via Roma, Florence, Italy. January - July 2017

Patricia Field Art/Fashion: Art Basel, Miami

White Dot Gallery, Miami, Florida. December 1st- 31st 2016

Patricia Field Art/Fashion: Berlin Alternative Fashion Week

Runway show, Berlin Germany. October 1st - 3rd 2016

Patricia Field Art/Fashion

Art and runway show: Howl Happening Gallery, New York City. September 7th 2016

Powered2 Group Show

MX Gallery, New York City. January 2016

#Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media

Leslie Lohman Museum, 26 Wooster Street, New York City. May 15th - August 2nd 2015

Powered Group Show

La Sala, Cantina Royal, New York City. January 29th 2015

COPPERWHEAT “Smash It Up!” New York Fashion Week

Cappellini Showroom, New York City. September 11th 2011

COPPERWHEAT “Urban Warrior” New York Fashion Week

Soho Grand Hotel, New York City. February 10th 2011

COPPERWHEAT “Brave New World” New York Fashion Week

Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York City. September 10th 2010

COPPERWHEAT “End Of Empire” New York Fashion Week

Soho Grand Hotel, New York City. February 8th 2010

COPPERWHEAT “London To New York” New York Fashion Week

Maritime Hotel, New York City. September 11th 2009

“Ausgang!” Group Show

Studio Voltaire, London United Kingdom. 2002



Design Consultancy

Donna Karan International

Printed textile design, direction, color concept for DKNY & Donna Karan Collection. New York City. October 2016- July 2017

JCPenney

Printed textile design and direction. New York City. June 2014 - July 2016

Adrianna Papell

Printed textile design and direction for the RTW collection. New York City. 2012 - 2015

DKNY Outlet

Printed textile & graphic design. New York City. 2013 - 2015

Otherworld Apparel

Printed textile design for Otherworld Apparel scarf collection. New York City. 2013 - 2015

Pret-a-Surf

Printed textile design. New York City. 2009-2014

Copperwheat

Menswear clothing line, creative director, print & graphic designer. New York City. 1999 - 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim

Printed textile design for the RTW collection. New York City. 2011-2012

Color Association Of The United States

Color forecasting for the men’s wear group. New York City. 2005-2012

Tommy Hilfiger

Graphic tees & printed textile design for the women’s RTW collection. New York City. 2009-2011

Peter Som

Printed textile design for the RTW collection. New York City. 2011-2012

Edun

Printed textile design & graphic tees for the men’s & women’s RTW collection. New York City. 2008 - 2011

CK Calvin Klein Outlet

Printed textile design & graphic tees. New York City. 2008-2011

Victorinox Swiss Army

Printed textile design & graphic tees for the men’s & women’s RTW collection. New York City. 2007 - 2009

Sue Stemp

Printed textile design for the RTW collection. New York City. 2005 - 2009

Stephen Burrows

Printed textile design for the RTW collection. New York City. 2003 - 2009

Calvin Klein Jeans

Full time senior printed textile designer. New York City. 2003 - 2008

Daryl K

Printed textile design & graphic tees. New York City. 2003

Isabella Blow

Tatler. Printed textile design & editorial styling. London, United Kingdom. 2001 - 2002

United Arrows

Shoe & scarf surface pattern design. Tokyo, Japan. 2001 - 2003,

David Collins Architecture

Interior mural design for the Voyage flagship store, Avenue Montaigne, Paris. 2001

Gucci

Printed textile design. London, United Kingdom. 2001

Notable Press

OUT Magazine - June 2018

https://www.out.com/fashion/2018/6/15/gaze-upon-stunning-photos-ben-copperwheats-vibrant-rainbow-electric

KALTBLUT Magazine - March 2018

http://www.kaltblut-magazine.com/watchman-starring-gabe-laduke/

OUT Magazine - June 2017

https://www.out.com/pride/2017/6/24/ben-copperwheat-designs-pride-float-celebrate-new-nyc-transgender-health-program

Vogue Spain - January 2017

http://www.vogue.es/living/articulos/luisaviaroma-florencia-tienda-artistas-patricia-field/27977

Stylecaster - March 2016

http://stylecaster.com/ben-copperwheat/

The Telegraph - February 2016

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/brands/meet-the-british-designer-custom-making-clothes-for-blue-ivy/

The Telegraph - February 2016

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/apple-martin-and-blue-ivy-steal-the-super-bowl-show-in-zany-bomb/

Royal College of Art Magazine - January 2016

https://www.rca.ac.uk/studying-at-the-rca/the-rca-experience/student-voices/alumni-stories/ben-copperwheat/

Huffington Post - October 2015 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fabrications-14-fashion-designers-who-are-queering-the-fashion-industry_us_56216699e4b02f6a900c64e5

Huffington Post - May 2015

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/22/ben-copperwheat-fabrications_n_7424354.html

Beautiful Savage Magazine - May 2013

http://beautifulsavage.com/fashion/ben-copperwheat/