As a print designer/artist, Ben Copperwheat produces clothing, art, and interior pieces. In addition to creating textile collections for fashion designers like Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Edun, Pret A Surf, Victorinox Swiss Army, Stephen Burrows, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Daryl K, his work is commissioned by personalities and organizations like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, Boy George, Susanne Bartsch, Liza Minelli, Patricia Field, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Blow, Rod Thomas and David Collins Studio.
“His clothing is heavily informed by both his background in screen printing and his work throughout a variety of facets of the fashion industry…” – Huffington Post
“Copperwheat designs many one-of-a-kind pieces, mixing and matching various prints and hues, even screen-printing a different pattern from the front of the item onto the back.” – Beautiful Savage
In 2002, Ben debuted his paintings to the public at Studio Voltaire alongside Liz Neal, Holly Johnson, Erdem Moralioglu, Patrick Coleman and Shezad Dawood at AUSGANG!, a group show curated by Liz Neal. Recently, in 2015, Ben participated in the #interface group exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum, and in the 2015 and 2016 POWERED group show curated by Issa Israel.
Exploring fashion design, Ben established a menswear line, COPPERWHEAT, with his cousin Lee in 2009. Covered by publications like Dazed Digital, Vogue Italia, and Surface Magazine, and collaborating with brands like Palladium shoes, 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.”
Ben is represented by iconic New York City stylist, Patricia Field. He recently showed as part of Field's Art/Fashion collective for New York Fashion Week at Howl Happening gallery in the East Village and Berlin Alternative Fashion Week both September 2016, Art Basel Miami, December 2016, and was commissioned to create a mural for Luisa Via Roma luxury boutique in Florence Italy January 2017. Ben will be showcasing his art at Schimanski Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in March 2017.
Ben Copperwheat graduated with a MA Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2001. He was a Fashion Textiles lecturer at the University of Northumbria. Currently residing in Brooklyn, he moved to New York City in 2003.