ben askem

Ben Askem was born in Watford, Hertfordshire in 1977.

He is primarily a painter of oil on canvas works, but also his unique ‘Reflections’ metal series – contemporary, mixed media artworks on sheet metal which have been extremely well received.

Subjects include portraiture, cityscapes such as London and New York and many pop culture references.

He works to commission around 75% of the time and does not charge any premium for doing so.

Ben attended Ridge Street and Callowland art colleges in 1995 where he gained his Diploma.
He initially sold his work through other galleries, but in 2003 he decided to take charge, starting a market stall in St Albans. The success of the stall was such that it prompted him to set up his own studio and gallery, so in 2006, Original Canvases was born:- A working studio and gallery where customers can browse the ever changing stock, or discuss in detail their specific commission requirements. This tailor made approach to commissions has served Ben well and his sold works now number over a thousand.

Ben has work in the UK, USA, Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Dubai and even as far away as Australia.

Having celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary in 2016, Original Canvases was relaunched as Ben Askem – unique works of art, better reflecting the variety of content.

Many examples can be found at