Ben Crase is an American figurative painter. Originally from Butte, Montana, Ben is now based out of San Diego, California. Ben paints primarily with oil and oil sticks. Through his use of colour, texture, and off-kilter composition, Ben seeks to evoke an emotional response from the viewer – one that may feel vaguely familiar and rooted in the past.
His most recent work focuses on figures from the Old American West. Being acutely aware of the USA’s not-so-perfect past, Ben acknowledges this in his work. Although Ben wants his work to be positive, he is compelled to share his own frustrations associated with the USA’s destructive and violent history. This ultimately positions Ben to depict the ‘good guys’ of the era. There is an old American saying, How The West Was Won, Ben feels a more accurate statement could be How The West Was Lost.