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Leon Benn’s paintings are inhabited by participants, either person or animal, engaging in pleasurable activities within hallucinatory environments. Familiar recreational hobbies including quilting, stargazing, dance, the pastoral weekend retreat are depicted joyfully. Through a range of activities performed outdoors, or in conjunction with nature, the gestures resonate with quiet contemplation on nature’s beauty without losing sight of our fragile co-dependence. If the idea of the conventional hobby seems to augment the psychological specter of the figure in relation to a viewer, here enjoyment is derived from a balance between recognition and surprise; total recognition is cliché; total surprise is alienating.