Ben Buswell (b. 1974 in Dallas, Oregon) is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Buswell's sculptural work spans diverse media, encompassing ceramics, metals, resins, incised photographs and more. He subjects these materials to physical processes (such as scratching, piercing, melting and tearing) wherein the of accumulation small, repetitive gestures build into a complex whole.
Buswell received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and BFA from Oregon State University. Buswell received a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2015) and a is two-time recipient of the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation (2014 and 2011). In addition to Upfor, notable solo exhibitions were held at Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles, CoCA Seattle, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University and TILT Gallery and Project Space in Portland. His work was included in Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and The Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum (2006). Collections that house his work include that of Jan and Patricia de Bont and the public collections at Portland Community College, Rock Creek and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at Oregon Health and Science University.
Ben Buswell was recently featured in OPB’s Oregon Art Beat program.