Tableaux of Urban Geometry

Andrew Webster, Fine Art Connoisseur, October 12, 2017

Interested parties have until October 22 to catch a viewing of works by one of America’s most respected painters of the contemporary urban landscape. Who is he, and where are they on view?


Well-known painter Ben Aronson is the focus of a solo exhibition this fall via LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Titled “Perspective and the Ephemeral,” the exhibition presents several of the artist’s newest works that highlight his signature synthesis of realism and abstraction in urban landscape subjects.


Activating 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,” the gallery writes. “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.”