Painter Ben Aronson (b. 1958, Boston, Massachusetts) synthesizes the gestural energy of emotionally charged abstract expressionist brushwork with the observational precision of contemporary realism. Building from studies created en plein air, Aronson’s specificity and attention to light and shadow transport his viewer to a precise location and moment in time. Foundational to Aronson’s work is his innate ability to capture light and the ways in which light varies between and within the cities he visits. As with his influences Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud, Aronson’s painterly texture, lush color palette, and aerial perspectives create a palpable sense of his landscapes without sacrificing their stunning geometric compositions.
Most recently, Aronson’s work was exhibited in the solo exhibition Distilled Realities at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
Ben Aronson is a member of the highly acclaimed National Academy, along side Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning and his mentor, Philip Guston. Awards include the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006, as well as the Pleissner Memorial Award for Painting at the National Academy of Design in 1992. Jenkins Johnson Gallery has represented him since 2001. His work is in the permanent collections of many major institutions and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, the National Academy Museum in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Suzhou Museum in Jiansu Province, China. His paintings were recently acquired by international museums, including: Mon Cultural Museum, Mawlamyine, Myanmar; The Orangerie, Gera, Germany; Taizhou Museum, Taizhou, China; and the Takaoka Art Museum, Takaoka, Japan.
Aronson's work has been reviewed by ARTnews, The Art Newsletter, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, The New York Sun, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He holds a MFA and BFA in painting from Boston University. He holds a MFA and BFA in painting from Boston University. Ben Aronson lives and works in Massachusetts.