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BIOGRAPHY Benjamin was introduced to brushes at an early age by his mother, Jane Hope, who is also a painter. But he had other hankerings which sent him on an unconventional career path, at least for someone wanting to be an artist. He decided against Art School and instead pursued Mathematics and Physics, culminating in a PhD from Cambridge University. He also ran a lot, representing both England Schoolboys and Cambridge University at cross country.  During the 12-year span in and out of academia, painting was largely confined to summer breaks, but his work still gained recognition with a commission from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library to paint a still-life commemorating their 400th anniversary.  After graduating from Cambridge, Benjamin set his sights on painting full time. He headed straight to the City for a spell as a “quant” with the sole purpose of kick-starting this new life. Finally, in 2011, having secured a small studio close to Greenwich Park—and almost exactly four years to the day since he completed his PhD thesis—Benjamin took a 100% pay cut to begin painting for real. 

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JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  
JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  

A catalogue of works by Benjamin Hope for the 'Observations' exhibition at JP Art Gallery, London, November 2015

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