Growing up, Isaac Benigson would make an annual pilgrimage from London to South Africa with his parents to visit family friend Hylton Nel, a reclusive, extraordinarily talented ceramics artist. Nel’s house was filled with paintings, books, and historic artifacts, all of which eventually found a way of influencing his art. This stuck with Benigson, who started sourcing inspiration from his surroundings to make his own art.

In high school at Halcyon London International, Benigson began to develop his voice. “I had this friction with my art teacher,” Benigson remembers, “because I had this burning thing of making these portraits, and it was becoming quite repetitive. And I was saying, I’m going to do this until it’s out, until it’s finished.”