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Ben Aronson (born October 4, 1958); American painter living in Massachusetts....
One of the strongest urban scene painters working today, Aronson's painterly urban landscapes combine precise realism with gestural immediacy and Abstract Expressionist energy.
His work has become influential among, and emulated by many contemporary cityscape painters.
His paintings are included in the permanent collections of more than 50 museums throughout the US and abroad, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MI, and the Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province, China, as well as numerous private and institutional collections.
Aronson's luscious impasto depict Manhattan's skyscrapers and concrete canyons, Paris's stately buildings, and San Francisco's skyline with great dexterity", winning acclaim as "...the real deal: the rich physicality of oil paint married to the mutable physics of perception".
...Donald Kuspit, professor of art history and philosophy (SUNY Stony Brook, Cornell) observes: "whatever social narrative is conveyed by Aronson's pictures, they are all exquisitely painted and emotionally haunting. He is a social realist, like Edward Hopper—but he's dealing with a different [our current] social reality."
...Aronson shares a family tradition in the arts. His father, David Aronson, is one of a major group of Boston painters known as the Boston Expressionists which includes Jack Levine, Hyman Bloom, and Karl Zerbe.... His mother, Georgianna Nyman Aronson, is a respected American portrait painter who has produced official portraits of seven of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Ben Aronson’s two sons, Jesse (1984) and Alex (1987) are both pursuing successful careers in the visual arts. He lives with his wife, Eileen, at their home and studio in Massachusetts.