Benedict Ramos was born in Lewes, Sussex. After living in Oxfordshire for nearly thirty years, in 2020 he moved to near Lochmaben in Dumfries and Galloway.
He comes from a family of artists spanning four generations including his father the portrait painter Theodore Ramos and his grandfather the painter and etcher Henry Rushbury RA (who was incidentally a close friend of Glasgow Boy & E.A. Hornel associate, George Henry). Benedict worked in publishing and television production for twenty years before becoming a fulltime professional photographer. Initially focussing on editorial and portrait
work, in recent years he has specialised in fine art photography with a strong emphasis on still life. He had his first solo show at Art Jericho in Oxford in 2014 and has since exhibited regularly. This exhibition at the Whitehouse Gallery will be his first participation in a Scottish show.
‘My still life work is strongly influenced by Dutch and Spanish 17th Century painting, and in particular the beautiful if austere food still lives or ‘bodegones’ of artists such as Juan Sánchez-Cotán and Francisco de Zurbarán with their remarkable intensity of observation and attention to detail, dramatic lighting effects often contained in deceptively simple compositions. At their best these paintings seem to draw the viewer in, to look more carefully and go beyond superficial appearances to reveal the inner qualities or individuality of the objects depicted. And while not avoiding the obvious differences between these painters (and hopefully not inviting a flood of invidious comparisons), I hope to demonstrate that a photographic approach inspired by them can be both rewarding and original. While most of my work is now captured digitally, by exercising a meticulous attention to composition and lighting, I keep editing to a minimum: any adjustments are devoted to refining the desired final print.