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Ben Sanders, Artist

BenSanders_openerL.A. artist Ben Sanders was already making paintings, drawings, illustrations, and sculptures when he co-founded a collaborative art direction and photography studio, Those People, not too long ago. As if all those mediums weren’t enough, though, the 25-year-old Art Center College of Design graduate recently started making objects, too, in the form of ceramic pots that he finds and uses as 3-D canvases, for paintings of wildly colorful air-brushed faces compiled from playful ’80s-style shapes. We suspect his boundary-breaking artistic fearlessness might have a little something to do with a biographical tidbit he shared with the online magazine The Hundreds in an interview earlier this year: “My dad is a welder/blacksmith, and having a parent who is a self-employed craftsman makes the decision to be an artist more realistic, because you kind of grow up witnessing somebody make a living doing what they love.” Check out Sanders’s pot collection here, plus a few of his paintings at the bottom of this post.Pot-5-square-web_800Pot-12_web_800Pot2-no-price-bigger_800Pot-17_web_cropped_800Pot-13_web_800Pot-1_square_web_800Pot-6-square-web_800Pot-16_web_800Pot3_square_noprice_800Pot-9-square-web_800Pot-10-square-web_800Pot-14_web_800Pot-15-web_800Pot4Square_noprice_800Pot-7-square-web_800Pot11_square_web_noprice_800BroHoDimSum_web_800YesTotallyOk-web_800Doodle-1-web_800Condiments-Orange-web_800Condiments 1 Final-web_800