A self-taught artist, he developed a style that is a unique blend of realism
tinged with impressionism. Ben's great attention to detail is
matched by a misty quality that sets
his paintings apart from those of other realists.
Always an artist, Ben was 17 and still a high school student
when he began his professional career in commercial art. In the years that followed, he was the
recipient of numerous national awards of excellence in that field. He devoted his
leisure time to painting for pleasure, and from this pursuit came some of his now well-known
In 1972, with the encouragement and
support of his family, Ben decided to forego his commercial art career and devote his time and talent exclusively to
fine art, to painting the plants and animals, people and places of the Appalachian region he so
loves. His success was immediate- the public readily accepted
his paintings and clamored for more like them. He began to make limited edition lithographic reproductions of his
original paintings, and once again he found a success rare in the art world.
Today his prints are treasured by collectors, and his original oils
bring prices ranging from $18,000 to $40,000.
And still Ben Hampton strived to do
what he had always done-to bring the beauty of nature and the lessons of
the past alive for others. For it is only through understanding
the past that the present becomes meaningful.
The humble cabin, the horse-drawn wagon, the old barn- all are
characteristic of rural
southern Appalachia, and all have found their way into Ben Hampton's
paintings. They are the reflections of a bygone era.
Ben's mission seems to be to preserve our heritage-the heritage of a