From an early age Benjamin 

developed an admiration for the discipline and creativity of the great painters.


Benjamin Laughton-Smith is a British artist, born in the Cotswolds and living in West Sussex.

After completing his school education, Ben studied at the University of Birmingham and the University of the West of England, which led to a professional career in law. 


Having previously studied art at A-level, he continued drawing and painting for enjoyment during this time, eventually deciding to seek out serious training and to follow a career as an artist.

Ben has also studied at the Sarum Studio (under Nicholas Beer, formerly the senior tutor at the Charles H Cecil Studio, Florence) and at the London Atelier of Representational Art.


In 2016 the Queen ElizabethScholarship Trust awarded him the Siegmund Warburg Scholarship to continue his studies in painting.

Emma In Fur Collar. Oil on Canvas.


Ben’s favourite artists include Anders Zorn, Velazquez, Cecila Beaux, Van Dyck, Thomas Lawrence, DeLaszlo, Henry Raeburn, Ilya Repin, Hals, Sorolla and Sargent. Another early inspiration to draw and paint was his grandfather, Robert Ball.


Examples of his etchings and paintings can be seen in The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, The Armitt Library and Museum, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, The West Midland Police Museum, The Black Country Museum and Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.

Decanter and Garlic. Oil on Canvas.


Still Life with Decanter

Oil on Canvas

Emma In Fur Collar

Oil on canvas

A Word In Your Ear

Oil on canvas


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