Ben Aitken Australia


Solo Show, Scott Lawrie Gallery, Auckland - October 2021

'Shooting Gallery' THIS IS NO FANTASY, TBA
'Do I have to spell it out for you' Town Hall Gallery Commission 2020
'Spirit House' TBA, Vienna 2021


Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2020 Rajamangala University of Technology 2020
2019 Ghost Baby, TARS Bangkok
2018 'Hard Yakka', Sutton Projects
2018  'An artist of some description', Alaska Projects
2018 Latrobe Art Institute, with Prof. Jon Cattapan curated by Dr. Kent Wilson
2016 'Alternative Literature is also like Alternative Literature' Opened by Prof. Jon Cattapan of the VCA, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre
2015 'Sometimes I feel like killing myself(ies)', Opened by critic Ashley Crawford, Essay by Sam Leach, Rubicon ARI.
2014 'Holy grin' Gallerysmith Projectspace

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019 'The snake eats it's tail', The University of Arizona
2019 International SUMUK workshops - Haenam Arts & Cultural Centre, Korea
2019 'Untitled', Sooyun Art Space, Korea
2019 'Gongjae and the artist's self portrait', hosted by the Haengchon Cultural Foundation at Haengchon Art Museum, Korea


Haengchen Arts & Cultural Centre, Korea 2019
Poh Chang Academy of Art, Thailand 2019
Rajamangala University of Technology, Chiang Mai 2018
Art Vault, Australia 2017
Robin Eley, Studio assistant, Los Angeles 2016

Awards (selected)

2019 Semi-finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2019 Semi-finalist Lester prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2019 Highly Commended - Hawkesbury Art Prize
2019 Footscray Contemporary Art Prize (Finalist), collaboration with Jon Cattapan
2019 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2018 Tony Fini Foundation Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia (Winner)
2018 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2016 R+M McGivern Prize for Text based painting (Finalist)
2016 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2015 Brett Whitley Travelling Art Scholarship (Semi Finalist)
2015 Hurford Hardwood prize for Portraiture (Finalist)
2015 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (Painting) - (Finalist)
2014 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, WA - (Highly Commended)

Collections (selected)

Sooyun Art Space, Korea
The Michael and Janet Buxton family collection
Lismore Regional Gallery
Rajamangala University of Technology, Thailand
Poh Chang, Academy of Art, Thailand
The Nicholas Foundation
RMIT University
Future Work Skills Academy, New York
Cato Counsel


Ben Aitken takes no prisoners by Dr Ashley Crawford
Katie Paine and Diego Rameryiez on 'Circling' by Benjamin Aitken and Jon Cattapan at Latrobe Arts Institute
Working with the Angles by Dr Kent Wilson, Senior Curator, Latrobe Arts Institute
Dr Sam Leach on Benjamin Aitken, 2015