Nils Benson Biography

Benson (1966) was born in Los Angeles, where he continues to live and work,. He studied painting and print making at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, Oregon) receiving a BFA in 1989. Since 2015, Benson’s work has been represented by The LODGE. Benson’s work has been the part of exhibitions at institutions nationally, and internationally — most recently during LA: Night and Day and Anteroom @ The LODGE.


Pacific North West College of Art, B.F.A. 1989

Chongqing Fine Arts School, Peoples Republic of China, 1986

Solo Exhibitions:

2000 N.W. Island Gallery, Lopez Island, WA.

1997 Studio Row, Los Angeles, Ca.

1990 Dirty laundry, Gallery114, Portland Or.


2020 “LA: Night and Day” CURA Arts @The Lodge LA , Los Angeles, Ca.

2019 Sexy-Xmas III, The Lodge LA , Los Angeles, Ca.

2019 Proud+, The Studio Door, San Diego, Ca.

2018 Sexy-Xmas, The Lodge LA , Los Angeles, Ca.

2016 Umpqua Valley Arts Association Artworks Northwest Exhibit, Roseburg, Oregon, juried selection 2016.

2015 Blue Sky Gallery- Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

2008 After Hours- Laika Employees

2008 Internal Guidance System- Lewis and Clark College.

2007 The Art Traders, Sydney Australia

2004 Artist Trust Grant award winners, Seattle WA.

2002 Chimera gallery-“One from the heart”

2001 Chimera Gallery group show, Lopez Island, WA.

1990 Introducing 114, Gallery 114, Portland Or.

Grants and Awards:

G.A.P. Award Grant Recipient – 2004

Gamblin Paints Award – 1986


Numerous private collections in the United States, China, Australia, U.K. And New Zealand

Professional Activities:

32 years experience shooting/operating all film and video formats (features, commercials, documentaries, videos, shorts, animation). Films – “The Squid and the Whale”, “The Hollers”, “Knocked Up” “21 and Over”, “In The Cut”; TV – NBC Grimm, The Ropes; Commercials – Microsoft, Xbox, Nike, Union Pacific, LG, Bravia, Nike, Ford, Amex cards.

I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 Board member 2010-2019

Society of Operating Cameramen member 2012- 2018