Ben Copperwheat, born 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, Ben 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. Recently, in 2015, Ben 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. He was commissioned to create a mural for Luisa Via Roma luxury boutique in Florence Italy January 2017. Ben showcased his art at Schimanski Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in March-May 2017. In September 2017, Copperwheat was invited to show his wearable art as part of London Fashion Week at London Queer Fashion Show, an exciting celebration of leading queer designers.
Exploring fashion design, Copperwheat established an 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.” Copperwheat has provided textile 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. His work is commissioned by personalities and organizations like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, Boy George, Liza Minelli, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Blow, Rod Thomas and David Collins Studio.
Since 2001. Ben has developed syllabus and taught at four top British and American institutions: Northumbria University Newcastle, Royal College Of Art, San Francisco Academy Of Art and New York University.
Ben Copperwheat graduated with a BA (HONS) Creative Arts from Bath Spa University in 1999 and an MA Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2001. Currently living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he emigrated to New York City in 2003.
“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