From 1989 to 2008 Dr Ben Joel was Head of Painting in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University and has a doctorate from that institution. As an academic at Curtin and other tertiary organisations he has taught technical, material and theoretical subjects. He has now returned to working on private projects.
Ben Joel’s material concerns are primarily those of a painter and draughtsman but one who also has a wide range of interests, and skills in traditional and digital processes. He is well known for his commissioned portraits, which can be found in local, interstate and international collections.
Ben has mounted 16 solo exhibitions in various galleries and has exhibited in over 60 group shows locally and interstate.
In 2012 Ben Joel received a Lifetime Achievement Award through the Artsource organisation, in recognition of his contributions to the fields of art and education in Western Australia. In 2017 he was the featured artist for the Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisition Exhibition Over the years he has served as a selector, judge, committee member and/or patron at various art organisations.