Ben Tour's paintings and drawings are primarily portraits of characters real and imagined. His portraits forms a kind of visual diary of personalities that have impressed Tour (and inspired him, even in their absence), to attempt capturing the qualities of those impressions. The images are nearly always composed of a central figure occupying an indistinct ground, with passages of pristine white space offsetting densely detailed areas, keeping the eye curious. Subtle variations in color and the unexpected transitions between them give both the figures and their surroundings a haunting, indeterminate aura and richly painterly texture. Faces are modeled using dissonant pigmentation and jaunty, distorted contours; his portraiture is not realist, it is evocative.
Ben Tour was born in Toronto, Canada and has a degree in illustration from Sheridan College Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Tour is represented by Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City.