Ben Aronson, “Fairmont at Dusk,” 2010, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Interested parties have until October 22 to catch a viewing of works by one of America’s most respected painters of the contemporary urban landscape. Who is he, and where are they on view?

Well-known painter Ben Aronson is the focus of a solo exhibition this fall via LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Titled “Perspective and the Ephemeral,” the exhibition presents several of the artist’s newest works that highlight his signature synthesis of realism and abstraction in urban landscape subjects.

Ben Aronson, “Fifth Avenue, Toward Downtown,” 2017, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
Ben Aronson, “Closed Ramp,” 2014, pastel on board, 35 1/2 x 31 inches

Activating both memory and the imagination, “Aronson’s gestural, impressionistic application of paint — while underpinned by a precision indicative of a remarkable eye for realism — conveys his imagery of streets, buildings, and faceless figures through suggestions of implied movement and space,” the gallery writes. “These works reveal his sense of impressionist spontaneity and the capacity of his paintings to pause upon a moment, prompting closer regard, and in looking, one is seductively drawn into the action of the painting itself. ‘Perspective and the Ephemeral’ also includes stunning floral still-lifes that reveal Aronson’s eloquence in describing the effects of light, color and shadow on a more delicate scale.”

Ben Aronson, “Divided Highway, Closed Ramp Series,” 2014, oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches
Ben Aronson, “Manhattan Sunrise, 6th & 55th,” 2010, oil on panel, 60 x 31 1/2 inches
Ben Aronson, “Cap Ferrat and Cliffs, Côte d’Azur,” 2017, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
Ben Aronson, “Flowers in Glass,” 2006, oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches

The exhibition opened on September 29 and continues through October 22. To learn more, visit LewAllen Galleries.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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