“I create art to gain a sense of permanence in an impermanent world. The best compliment I could receive from others is that my work enriches their life in some way.”
Ben Steele, "Pearl Inn (at Night,)" 2021, oil on canvas, 44 x 34 inches, $9,000
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Ben Steele, "Turner Sea Spirits/Turner's Tonic," 2021, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches, $7,400
“I’ve never referenced J. M. W. Turner before, but have always wanted to because I’m such a fan of his use of color and the way he masterfully abstracted dynamic scenes into beautiful messes of shape and vibrancy. His work is a perfect foil for adding realism back in.”
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
With an education built upon classical training, Steele enjoys utilizing the processes of the old masters with a contemporary sensibility; never staying in one place for too long. The result is a wide-ranging body of work, not always still life, portraiture, or landscape...but often somewhere in between. His melding of art history and pop culture references with a classic glaze and scumble technique keeps his ever-changing process current, fresh and exciting.