Nils Benson Biography

Nils Benson’s (born 1966)  A View from Griffith Park is both a glimpse into one of the artist’s favorite panoramas and an homage to the Italian painter Morandi and his ephemeral paintings which captured still life and landscapes. Throughout his career, Benson has been possessed with the study of light, particularly that of the Los Angeles region. The painter’s process also alludes to the film industry and the movie sets of the past, with the layering of foreground elements against other visual clues to impart a greater sense of depth. Taken together, these modern elements, which draw on classical technique, give the painting its kinetic allure.

Benson was born in Los Angeles, where he continues to live and work, and studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, Oregon). 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 @ 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