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Benjamin Tellie

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A Short Walk , 2011 Digtial Media 9" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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Are We Back?, 2011 Digital Media 9" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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Leaving Pennsylvania , 2011 Digital Media 9" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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30 Years Later, 2011 Digital Media 9" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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0200, 2011 Mixed Media 8" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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Hylton's Walk, 2011 Mixed Media 8" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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Disappearing House (Company L Series), 2008 Lithograph 12" X 16" © Benjamin Tellie
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Kurds in the Forest (Company L Series) , 2008 Four Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 18" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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New Town (Company L Series), 2008 Two Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 15" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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Four Lonely Cabins (Company L Series), 2008 Two Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 18" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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Sailors Returning Home (Company L Series), 2008 Five Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 15" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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Leaving Home (Company L Series), 2008 Mono-print 22" X 26" © Benjamin Tellie
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Joseph's Stand (Company L Series), 2008 Mono-print 22" X 26" © Benjamin Tellie
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A Wise Decision (Company L Series), 2008 Mono-print 22” X 26” © Benjamin Tellie, Harry Storms, and Timothy Caison
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A Heavy Bag to Carry (Company L Series), 2008 Mono-print 22" X 26" © Benjamin Tellie
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Untitled (Company L Series), 2008 Mixed Media (linoleum Reduction Printing, Paper Collage, and Mono-type Printing) 16 1/2" X 22" © Benjamin Tellie, Harry Stormes, and Timothy Caison
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Untitled (Company L Series), 2008 Mixed Media (linoleum Reduction Printing, Paper Collage, and Mono-type Printing) 16 1/2” X 22” © Benjamin Tellie, Harry Storms, and Timothy Caison
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Take my Seat (Company L Series), 2008 Lithograph 10" X 13 ½” © Benjamin Tellie
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A Different Kind of Night Vision , 2007 Six Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 12" X 16" © Benjamin Tellie
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I Scream Sunday , 2007 Six Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 14" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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A Long Way Home, 2007 Five Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 9 1/2" X 18" © Benjamin Tellie
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Chalkboard Dance, 2007 Mixed Media (black and White Linoleum Print and Paper Collage) 34" X 24" © Benjamin Tellie
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Blind Man's Den , 2007 Black and White Woodcut 12" X 18" © Benjamin Tellie
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Seafood Platter , 2006 Black and White Woodcut 12" X 18" © Benjamin Tellie
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The Pawn Holds a Grudge, 2006 Four Color Reduction Print, Linoleum 21" X 23" © Benjamin Tellie
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Waiting for Consumption, 2007 Oil on Canvas 30" X 30" © Benjamin Tellie
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South Street at 2:00AM, 2008 Oil on Canvas 40" X 35" © Benjamin Tellie
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Shield, 2009 Silkscreen 9" X 13" © Benjamin Tellie
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Falling, 2009 Silkscreen 10" X 12" © Benjamin Tellie
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Three, 2009 Mixed Media (silkscreen, Pencil, and Paper Collage) 17" X 23" © Benjamin Tellie
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Memories of Rome, 2009 Silkscreen 17" X 23” © Benjamin Tellie
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Taking Back Promises , 2009 Silkscreen 17" X 23" © Benjamin Tellie
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Birth year
1985
Lives in
Maryland
Works in
Maryland
Representing galleries
VisArts Center, Arts Seen Gallery , Benrimon Contemporary
Statement

Benjamin Tellie is a contemporary American artist and art educator.  Benjamin is a Visual Art Teacher at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD.  Born in Wilkes-Barre PA, he earned a BA in Studio Art from Temple University in Philadelphia, and an MA in Art Education from Columbia University.  In his printmaking work, Benjamin creates narratives and images about military soldiers lives and explores the psychology behind their experiences.  Throughout his work, Benjamin investigates themes of abandonment, isolation, lost identity, and the temporality behind war.

In 2008, Benjamin created the "Company L" print series, a large body of printmaking work that is a conversation about his grandfather's (Joseph B. Tellie Sr.) involvement in World War II.  Benjamin uses stories, shared between him and his grandfather, as a source of inspiration to explore army soldiers personal experiences of separation from their home lives.  He comments upon Joseph's service and contributions in the European theater of operations with Company L of the 309th Regiment, 78th Infantry Division.  Benjamin's prints are dedicated to the battles Joseph fought in, mostly notably, the Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central European campaigns, and the Battle of the Bulge.