I am pleased to invite you to a studio visit with American painter and photograph Ben Schonzeit. Join us for a private tour of the artist’s studio accompanied with a discussion led by Schonzeit focusing on the artist's creation process and the influences behind his artwork.
Ben Schonzeit is intenationally recognized as a pioneer of the Photorealist movement (1970's) along with artists such as Richard Estes, Chuck Close, Robert Bechtle and Malcolm Morley. However, Schonzeit sets himself apart from this movement by choice and depiction of subject matter. Schonzeit’s canvases were filled with highly magnified fruits and vegetables reproduced in a deliberately skewed, out of focus manner. Schonzeit's aesthetic is clearly informed by the concurrent movements of Pop, that of color field painting, whose concerns were more formal. Schonzeit uses familiar objects as a vehicle to explore issues of color, form, content, and abstraction. He is a prolific artist who embraces imagination as opposed to observation; the invented rather than the depicted. Schonzeit is concerned with narrative color, abstraction, intellectual experience, drama and beauty. His work speaks of sensation, nostalgia, memory, relationships and associations unique to each viewer and each viewing.
This studio visit will take place at the artist’s private home in soho. It is the opportunity to meet the Ben Schonzeit in an intimate and exclusive setting. The artist will give a private tour of his studio and will display and explain his various works - photographs, watercolors and paintings.
The Salon will include:
• a talk by the artist
• tour of the artist's studio
• Q&A session
You can learn more about the artist by clicking on the link below:
About the artist
Schonzeit was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union. He has exhibited widely both here and abroad since 1969. Schonzeit is a leading representative of the so-called Photo-Realists, who use photographs rather than reality as a basis for their paintings. Schonzeit has also created works on paper from life and his imagination using a variety of mediums such as pen & ink, brush, and watercolor. His paintings, drawings, and photographs are included in the collections of many important museums around the world including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, The Basel Kunstmuseum, The Denver Art Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum.