Monday, August 11, 2014

Ben Fenske at Grenning Gallery

Grenning Gallery is currently hosting a solo show of works by Ben Fenske. This show will be followed by a show at the Union League Club in New York City hosted by Grenning Gallery September 5th through 30th. Hugh and I stopped by the opening this weekend.
Short Beach by Ben Fenske
oil 14" x 10" 2014
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I was thrilled to see this beautiful painting of Short Beach.
Long Beach Sketch by Ben Fenske
oil 12" x 22.5"
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At the Beach by Ben Fenske
oil 8" x 12" 2014
Florence, Olive Tree by Ben Fenske
oil 67" x 79" 2014
more information here
"Fenske's solo show is rich in color and variety, as always, but with an added heft this year, as we unveil his largest painting to date.  Inspired by a visit to Plastov's studio, a 20th century Russian artist in Moscow last September, Fenske painted the physical and emotional anchor to this show, the glorious figurative work "Florence, Olive Tree" which is 67 x 79 inches.This scale of the painting is rarely seen from these classically trained contemporary realists.  Fenske was invited to Russia by the Minister of Culture to join notable Russian painters on a plein air painting trip. After researching his interest in the Russian painters, we have a newfound respect for Fenske's role in this Poetic Realist movement." - Grenning Gallery
Ape by Ben Fenske
oil 29" x 23" 2014
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Johanna on the Rocks by Ben Fenske
oil 31" x 26" 2013
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My photos don't do Fenske's work justice. Click here for a teaser, but if you are in the area, visit Grenning Gallery or the Union League Club and see Fenske's latest work in person. Absolutely luscious.
Jess Panda by Ben Fenske
Oil 43.5" x 35.5" 2014
more information here
Grenning Gallery website here
Grenning Gallery on Facebook here
Ben Fenske website here
Fenske's Wild Boar guards the back garden.

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