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Ben Schonzeit Art

American, b. 1942

Ben Schonzeit was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union. He has exhibited widely both here and abroad since 1969. Schonzeit is a leading representative of the so-called Photo-Realists, who use photographs rather than reality as a basis for their paintings. He has also created works on paper from life and his imagination using a variety of mediums such as pen & ink, brush and watercolor. Schonzeit is internationally recognized as a pioneer of the Photorealist Movement (1970's) along with artists such as Richard Estes, Chuck Close, Robert Bechtle and Malcolm Morley. However, Schonzeit sets himself apart from this movement by choice and depiction of the subject matter. Schonzeit’s canvases were filled with highly magnified fruits, vegetables and flowers sometimes reproduced in a deliberately skewed, out of focus manner. His aesthetic is informed by the concurrent movements of Pop, that of color field painting, whose concerns were more formal. Schonzeit uses familiar objects as a vehicle to explore issues of color, form, content and abstraction. He is a prolific artist who embraces imagination as opposed to observation; invented rather than the depicted. Schonzeit is concerned with narrative color, abstraction, intellectual experience, drama and beauty. His work speaks of sensation, nostalgia, memory, relationships and associations unique to each viewer and each viewing. His paintings, drawings and photographs are included in the collections of many important museums around the world including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Denver Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.

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Artist: Ben Schonzeit
Yankee Flame
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in New York, NY
Ben Schonzeit Yankee Flame, from America: the Third Century, 1975 Collotype on wove paper 27 × 19 3/10 inches Pencil signed and numbered on the front from the limited edition of 200 ...
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Mid-20th Century Pop Art Ben Schonzeit Art

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White Horse at the Hampton Classic White Show Jumper with Rider Up
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Brookville, NY
Ben Schonzeit is one of the pioneers of the Photorealist movement in Soho NY in the 1970's. He is well known for his large still life of flowers, arresting canvases that explore the...
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1980s Photorealist Ben Schonzeit Art

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Acrylic

Roses with Dutch Landscape, Lithograph by Ben Schonzeit
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Ben Schonzeit, American (1942 - ) Title: Roses with Dutch Landscape Year: 1990 Medium: Lithograph, signed, dated, and numbered in pencil Edition: 66/72 Paper Size: 43 x 48 ...
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1990s Contemporary Ben Schonzeit Art

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Lithograph

Grappa Flask Miro
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A pioneer of the Photorealist movement, Ben Schonzeit has been recognized by the legendary art dealer Louis Meisel—who himself named the movement—as one of the 13 original Photoreali...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ben Schonzeit Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Lamps (White)", 1979, Intaglio by Ben Schonzeit
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Ben Schonzeit, American (1942 - ) Title: Lamps (White) Year: 1979 Medium: Intaglio, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 14/125 Size: 28.5 x 25 in. (72.39 x 63.5 cm)
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1970s Contemporary Ben Schonzeit Art

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Intaglio

"Lamps", 1979, Etching by Ben Schonzeit
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Ben Schonzeit, American (1942 - ) Title: Lamps Year: 1979 Medium: Etching, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 14/125 Image Size: 19.5 x 17 inches Size: 28 x 25 in. (71.12...
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1970s Conceptual Ben Schonzeit Art

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Etching

"Yankee Flame", 1976, Collotype by Ben Schonzeit
By Ben Schonzeit
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Ben Schonzeit, American (1942 - ) Title: Yankee Flame from the Portfolio, America: The Third Century Year: 1976 Medium: Collotype, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 ...
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1970s Surrealist Ben Schonzeit Art

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Lithograph

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