What would you do differently to what you do now?
If there was something, I’d already be doing it!
Who inspires you and why?
Harambe – for his strength and courage.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I collect art. I put money into projects that support artists. I like the idea of philanthropy.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
America – for an arts culture 10 years ahead of Australia.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Hells Kitchen, because that’s where I like to drink.
What are you currently reading?
Young Thugga La Meme
What are you currently listening to?
Vanilla Coke with two shots of Vodka.
What does the future hold for you?
A research trip to New York in November. An Australian residency in January and a solo exhibition, somewhere, in 2017.
Benjamin Aitken is co-director of the Melbourne gallery Nicholas Projects. He was highly commended in the 2014 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, and was selected by critic Ashley Crawford and 2010 Archibald and Wynne winner Sam Leach for the 2014 NotFair art fair.
Benjamin is a finalist and first time entrant in the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Jon Cattapan – currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until 27 November 2016. For more information, visit: www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au for details.
Image: Benjamin Aitken and his portrait of Jon Cattapan (supplied)