Artist’s Statement

I paint.




The New English Art Club

The Pastel Society

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters

Oxford Art Society

Blackheath Art Society


2022: The Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition

2022: The Sea Pictures Gallery Award, Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition

2022: The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

2019: The Michael Harding Award, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

2018: Frinton Frames Award, Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

2017: Winsor & Newton Non-member Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition

2016: First Prize in the Jackson's Pastel Portrait Competition

2016: Mall Galleries Greetings Card Award: New English Art Club

2014: Pintar Rapido First Prize (The Pintar Prize)

2014: Jackson's Prize, United Society of Artists Open Exhibition

2014: Runner Up, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2019: Island Fine Arts, Chichester

2015: Observations, JP Art Gallery, London

Joint Exhibitions

2022: Island Fine Arts, Chichester (Bower, Hope)

2021: Island Fine Arts, Chichester (Cole, Hope)

2020: Island Fine Arts, Chichester (Hope, Robinson)

2019: Common Ground, Gallery Different, London (Hope, Roberts)

2018: Island Fine Arts, Chichester (Bemis, Hope)

2017: Works, Gallery Different, London (Hooper, Hope)

2017: Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight (Cole, Hope, Pearce)

Group and Open Exhibitions

Federation of British Artists: Winners | Award Winning Artists, 2022

Lynn Painter Stainers Prize: 2014, 2017

New English Art Club, Annual Show: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 to present

Pastel Society: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 to present

Royal Academy Summer Show: 2013

Royal Institute of Oil Painters: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 to present

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours: 2017

Royal Society of British Artists: 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Royal Society of Marine Artists: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 to present

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers: 2013

Royal Society of Portrait Painters: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 to present

Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition: 2015, 2019

United Society of Artists: 2014

British Plein Air Painters: 2018 (Capturing the Moment, Menier Gallery)

Colourfield Gallery: Winter Exhibition 2017

Highgate Contemporary Art: 2019 (Observations)

The Jerram Gallery: Christmas Exhibition 2019, Still Life 2022 (Hope, Richardson, Spackman, Warren)

JP Pop-up Art Galleries: 2014 (Blackheath and Belgravia)

Sugarlift Gallery: Still: A Survey of Contemporary Still Life Paintings, New York 2020

Oxford Art Society: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021

Blackheath Art Society: 2013, 2014

New English Art Club Member Exhibitions

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath: 2023

Panter & Hall: 2022

Thompson's Gallery: 2020

The Jerram Gallery: 2020

Chris Beetles Gallery: 2020, 2022

St Ives: 2019

Pastel Society Member Exhibitions

The Gallery Holt: The Colour and Shape, 2022

Notable Commissions

2012 Logo Design for The Oxford Antiviral Drug Discovery Unit, Glycobiology Institute, University of Oxford

2001 Duke Humfrey Still Life commemorating the 400th anniversary of its opening, Bodleian Library, Oxford


M. Alexander, Talking Techniques: Andrew Roberts & Benjamin Hope, Artists & Illustrators, November 2019, p.30

L. Miles, Featured Artist: Ben Hope PS, The Pastel Society Newsletter, October 2019, p.2

A. Gibbons, An Artist's View of London, All Ways Traveller, 30 June 2017

J. Walsh, Notebook, From Clapham to Cornwall..., The Independent on Saturday, 21 November 2015, Radar p.10

C. Hales, Local Colour, Absolutely Battersea & Clapham, November 2015, p.16

H. Peacocke, The Critic's Choice, Oxford Mail review of OAS Members’ Exhibition, 09 April 2001, p.26


Give Oil Pastels a Go!, The Artist, October 2019, p.30

Numbers and Figures, The New English Art Club (online), February 2019

Palette-knife Portraits, The Artist, October 2016, p.37

Plein Air Pastels, The Artist, July 2016, p.23

The Science of Art, Johnian News #37, Michaelmas 2015, p.14

Taken at Face Value, Fulham Residents’ Journal, July 2012, p.13

Get Hyperreal, Belgravia Residents’ Journal, June 2012, p.13

Exhibition catalogues: Observations, 2015; Works, 2017; Capturing the Moment, 2018; Common Ground, 2019


Oct 02–Jun 07: University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, PhD in Theoretical Nanoscience: The Electronic Structure and Spintronic Potential of Transition Metal Nanowires and Carbon Nanotubes: a Theoretical Investigation

Oct 01–Jun 02: University of Cambridge, Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Mathematics Part III): Merit

Oct 96–Jul 00: University of Warwick, Master of Physics 1st Class, Joint Honours in Mathematics and Physics; Departmental prize for best final-year project: Relativistic Fermions on a Two-Dimensional Graphite Sheet