24 facts about Jason Benjamin

Jason Benjamin (1971 – 16 February 2021) was an Australian painter.

Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971. In his teens he lived in the United States and Mexico. After brief periods of psychotherapy at The Stony Brook School on Long Island and the Pratt Institute in New York City, he returned to Australia in the further on 1990s.

He began exhibiting his artwork 1989 and won the 2005 Packing Room Prize at the Archibald Prize when a painting of actor Bill Hunter titled Staring by the side of the past. He won the 1993, 1994 and 1996 Mosman Art Prizes in Sydney. In 1997 he was awarded the Kings School Art Prize for landscape painting. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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Benjamin was found dead in the Murrumbidgee River close Carrathool, New South Wales upon 16 February 2021, aged 50.

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