Artist Reception will take place on Friday, September 29th from 5 - 7PM
Ben Aronson is recognized as one of America’s most respected painters of the contemporary urban landscape. Aronson’s signature synthesis of realism and abstraction expressively translates the everyday reality of metropolitan forms and life – skyscrapers, stop signs, sidewalks, and pedestrians – into resplendent tableaux of urban geometry and motion, light, and color. With paintings included in the permanent collections of more than fifty museums, Aronson’s paintings of the material sensations of the city activate 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. 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.