This is Ben Aronson

By Gwylym Owen

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Ben Aronson (born October 4, 1958) is an American painter vivacious in Massachusetts. His be active is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, and Alpha Gallery in Boston.

One of the strongest urban scene painters full of zip today, Aronson’s painterly urban landscapes combine precise realism considering gestural immediacy and Abstract Expressionist energy. His play a part has become influential among, and emulated by many contemporary cityscape painters. His paintings are included in the unshakable collections of exceeding fifty museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MI, and the Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province, China, as without difficulty as numerous private and institutional collections.

“Aronson’s luscious impastos depict Manhattan’s skyscrapers and authentic canyons, Paris’s stately buildings, and San Francisco’s skyline with good dexterity”, winning clapping as “…the genuine deal: the wealthy physicality of oil paint married to the mutable physics of perception”.

In recent years his cityscapes have evolved to improve contemporary social realist themes “…in which Aronson moves the human figure from its lesser role within the larger urban landscape, into a full subject of its own. Echoing his dramatically lighted single object still lifes, the and no-one else figures have now taken their place upon stage taking into consideration equal poignancy.” (Images/Nighthawks Series) Exhibits at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC (“Risk and Reward”, 2010) and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine (“Aronson to Aronson”, 2011) revealed a other emphasis on social authenticity in a series of paintings in the atmosphere of Wall Street themes exploring the contemporary world of big business. His “… scenes of the New York Stock Exchange floor in particular impression one of the most energized and forward-thinking brushes in the country. His high-contrast tones, boldly thick paint and slashing marks perfectly mirror the fast-moving, high-powered and high-tech world.”

Donald Kuspit, professor of art chronicles and philosophy (Stony Brook University, Cornell) observes: “whatever social narrative is conveyed by Aronson’s pictures, they are everything exquisitely painted and emotionally haunting. Aronson is a social realist, like Edward Hopper—but he’s dealing next a different [our current] social reality”.

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