Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Pick: Benjamin Degen

Night Wave, 2013. Oil on linen over panel, 72 x 108 in
The work of Benjamin Degen is wonderful.  I love the way he paints the figure.  The use of color to conjure up a time of day and mood is exquisite, as is the graphic quality of line and texture in the black and white works below.  It is rare to be able to use both so well but the unconventional compositions and senses of space allow for a renewed look at the traditional idea of a human being moving through the world.

Garden, 2012. Charcoal, graphite and watercolor/paper, 23 1/2 x 15 1/4 in

Golden Room, 2009. Oil on canvas 60 x 40 in.

Woodrunners, 2012. Graphite on paper 15 x 10 in.

Bather, 2007. Ink on paper, 40 x 26 in.

He shows at Susan Inglett Gallery in NY and is part of a group show that just opened at Geoffrey Young Gallery in MA.


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