Christopher Benson has been making art all of his life. He began drawing and painting as a kid and that led to a variety of creative pursuits ranging from woodworking to painting, printmaking and photography. http://www.bensonstudio.com/bio.html

Chris comes from a distinguished multi-generational family of artists in New England, two of whom have received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award. He was himself a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Painting Fellowship in 2004.  http://www.pkf.org/

Chris lived in the East Bay in the 1990s and showed with me from 1998 to 2004, during which time I mounted two very successful exhibitions of his paintings of Bay Area interiors and exteriors. He left California in 2000 and returned to Rhode Island to complete a degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has since moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where his painting career continues and where he also supports the careers of other artists through exhibitions and limited-edition publications at his gallery and printing atelier, The Fisher Press.

http://www.thefisherpress.com/

Chris demonstrates great diversity in his work; notice the kinship between his abstract pieces and more representational ones.  Please enjoy a small sampling of paintings and mixed media pieces, spanning the artist’s early student years in the 1980s to the present. He is a uniquely versatile painter with a special sensitivity to color and the painted surface who masterfully navigates a wide array of styles and idioms.   http://www.bensonstudio.com/statement.html

Brooklyn Bridge from Fulton Market, 1982, oil on linen, 24"x 34", Peter R. Randall collection, RI

World Trade Towers, 1982, oil on linen, 24"x 36", Nicholas Benson collection, Jamestown, RI

Sophy, 1999, oil on linen, 42"x 48", private collection, Bridgeport, VT

Long Fence, 1999, oil on linen, 54"x 68", Antonio Ponvert Collection, New Haven, CT

Cybele and William 2, 2002, oil on linen, 36"x 36", private collection, Berkeley, CA

Law Office, 1999, oil on linen, 52"x 68", private collection, Los Gatos, CA

Coast Fog, 1997, oil on linen, 10"x 12", private collection, Portsmouth, RI

Thunderstorm, 1997, oil on linen, 11"x 12" private collection, Newport, RI

Thunderstorm 2, 1997 oil on linen, 48"x 60"

Diego, 2002, oil on linen, 60"x 60"

RISD Abstraction 1, 2004, oil on panel, 10"x 8"

RISD Abstraction 5, 2005, oil on linen, 32"x 36"

Constructed Abstraction 1, 2005, oil on constructed wood panels, 15"x 20"

Constructed Abstraction 4, 2005, oil on constructed wood panels, 16"x 34"

Collage 1, 2002, Archival inkjet print of digitally collaged oil painting scans, 21"x 20.5"

Collage 6, 2002, Archival inkjet print of digitally collaged oil painting scans, 24"x 20"

Collage Variation 2, 2002, Archival inkjet print of digitally collaged oil painting scans, 24"x 20"

Collage Variation 8, 2002, Archival inkjet print of digitally collaged oil painting scans, 24"x 20"

Henna, 2005, oil on linen, 26"x 26"

Cybele and Fisher, 2011, oil on linen, 26” x 26”

If you’re interested in Chris’s work let me know via email seb@hamamjianmodern.com or give me a call, 415-290-5220.  Please note that the first 8 pieces are already in collections but the remaining pieces are available.

My best,          Seb

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