Ben Copperwheat (b. 1975) Luton, United Kingdom, produces fine art, wearable art, interior concepts, and has created printed textile collections for some of the world’s leading brands. Copperwheat is known for his signature bright colours and bold, graphic imagery, and screen prints. His work is a riot of rainbow, neon colour taking the form of a library of motifs and icons creating a unique visual language. In 2002, Copperwheat debuted his paintings at Studio Voltaire, London, alongside Liz Neal, Holly Johnson, Erdem Moralioglu, Patrick Coleman and Shezad Dawood at AUSGANG!, a group show curated by Liz Neal. Following his move to New York in 2003, exploring fashion and textile design, he provided design direction and created print collections to some of the world’s most renowned brands, including: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Edun, Pret A Surf, Victorinox Swiss Army, Stephen Burrows, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Daryl K.
In 2009, Ben established the avant garde menswear line, COPPERWHEAT, with his cousin Lee Copperwheat in 2009. Covered by publications like Dazed Digital, Vogue Italia, and Surface Magazine, collaborating with Palladium shoes and singer Miguel, COPPERWHEAT quickly generated excitement with its unusual combination of Ben’s distinctive hand printed designs, and Lee’s tailoring. Together they produced five collections shown during New York Fashion Week, “London to New York,” “End of Empire,” “Brave New World,” “Urban Warrior,” and “Smash it Up!.”
Recently, in 2015, he participated in the Interface group exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum, and in the 2015 and 2016 POWERED group show. In 2016, Copperwheat joined the Art/Fashion group of artists at the cutting edge of wearable art, founded and curated by the New York City stylist, Patricia Field. This partnership led to a number of high profile runway shows and collaborations including: Berlin Fashion Week, September 2016, Art Basel Miami 2016 & 2017, a commissioned mural for Luisa Via Roma luxury department store in Florence, Italy January 2017, a showcase of his art at Schimanski Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in March-May 2017, and in the summer of 2017, an ArtFashion exhibition and runway show in Mykonos, Greece. For the 2017 NYC Pride celebrations, Copperwheat was commissioned by Jane Friedman of the Howl Happening Gallery, to design and paint a float for the Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Health + Wellness Center. In September 2017, he was invited to show his wearable art collection as part of London Fashion Week at London Queer Fashion Show, an exciting celebration of leading queer designers. Susanne Bartsch invited Ben to show his collection in collaboration with Jeanise Aviles & Rachel Singer of Sparkle Princess at her event, Arte Porter, Collection Presentation Runway and art exhibition, at the Tampa Museum Of Art, Tampa, Florida. The show took place on October 5th 2017. In February 2018 Ben Copperwheat exhibited in the group show IN:SPIRE, paying homage to Leigh Bowery, creating a portrait of the performance artist nightlife legend. In March 2018, Ben exhibited in the group show, “Ideas Get Dressed”, at Sapar Contemporary in TriBeCa, New York. curated by Emma Hepburn Ferrer.
Since 2001. Ben has developed syllabus and taught at four British and American universities: Northumbria University Newcastle, Royal College Of Art, San Francisco Academy Of Art and New York University.
In 2018 Ben relocated to Savannah Georgia, and was appointed Professors of Fibers at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Ben Copperwheat graduated with a BA (Hons) Creative Arts from Bath Spa University in 1999 and a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art in 2001.