Archive for March 21, 2012

Awesome Acrylic Artist series……Ben Schonzeit…

In the gallery notice the  last piece. If you are adept you can find wonderful watercolor pieces done by the artist to friends and family on envelopes. Most even have the postage stamps still attached. Nice to see the looser side of a photorealist painter!

Below a clip with an interview in the artist’s SoHo District of New York City.

Part two of the interview.

One of my favorite painters of flowers! He uses acrylics but sometimes on polyester instead of canvas or board. When I first began studying artists I didn’t really pay that much attention to the photorealist painters. It was a mistake. The work is very expressive and many times the artist have fun by inserting their name on license plates or marquees in the painting. Also the composition aspect of the photorealist works always is interesting, even if the subject matter is trailer parks!  Of course I am referring to the artist John Salt who loved to paint mobile homes in a photographic manner.

The artist Ben Schonzeit was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York . He now lives and works in New York City.

A link to the artist’s website:

The artist attended college in New York City from Cooper Union.

Please also realize how large the paintings are. Many of the flower works are exceeding 5 feet on one side. The artist as a child painted murals on school windows. As he grew older he painted on walls and also designed theater sets.  Started exhibiting with the Photorealist painters in 1969.

surfaces used: linen, canvas, polyester, paper

mediums used: oils, acrylic, murals, glitter, watercolor

online and land based galleries:      This is in New York City.     This is also in New York City.

The second to last painting in the gallery is a mural painted by the artist. It measures a 13 feet 8 inches by 9 foot 1 inch! It is a spectacular piece with a very complex design. It was painted to remind viewers of what the artist saw in his own neighborhood. Long before the Ipad and internet kids played board games(now called bored games to most children!) like monopoly or dominoes. The piece was done for the New York City Center of Cultural Affairs located in Brooklyn, New York.