Upon first glance, [the forms in Rodger’s paintings] seem to have been created using a sharp gesture on the surface of the canvas—a splash, as referenced by the titles of several exhibited works. Yet each “drip” is in fact formed with intent: the contours are precise, and each line and spot was painted with great care. This second dichotomy between the random and the intentional positions the canvas as a performance space. The form does not emerge (organic drip), but it is created (controlled form).
– François Chalifour
Originally from Ottawa, Benjamin Rodger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the École nationale supérieure d’art de la Villa Arson, in Nice, France. His works, primarily paintings, have been exhibited in Canada, Europe and the Middle East—notably, he was chosen to represent Canada in the discipline of painting at the sixth Jeux de la Francophonie, held in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2015, he completed the Fugitif artist residency program in Leipzig, Germany.
Since his return to Ottawa in 2009, his work has been exhibited numerous times in the region. He has received a number of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Fondation franco-ontarienne. Rodger is also involved in his community and has sat on boards of directors, organizing committees and juries for festivals, cooperatives, galleries, artist-run centres and governmental and educational institutions. Represented by the Galerie St-Laurent + Hill in Ottawa, he splits his time between his studio and the art department of Cégep de l’Outaouais, where he teaches.
Benjamin Rodger gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.