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Ben Schonzeit, American (b. 1942)
Ben Schonzeit - Zebra Stripe
Ben Schonzeit
Zebra Stripe
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
30 1/2 x 44 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned out of 15 on print verso.

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View Ben Schonzeit - Tulip Monet photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - St. Tropez photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Red Roses Drawing photograph
View Ben Schonziet - Brown Scarf Bouquet photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Starry Tulips photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Silver Blue Vase photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Ballerina Rose photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Miro Cabbage Hydrangea photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Delph Dots photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Peonie Dark Dots photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Dutch Linen photograph
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View Ben Schonzeit - Samurai, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Paper Hat, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
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View Ben Schonzeit - Healdsburg Vagabond, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Physical Division, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Philip R. Wilkins, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Small Target, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Great Genius, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Each, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Not Obvious, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - United, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Yellow Tie, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - To The Contrary, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Wolter Stuart, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Nathan Fields, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Linley, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Livingston (Paris Hatters), Mix Media Collage Series
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. David Cheselip, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Blanshaw, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Frenmer, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Credit By Cash, Mix Media Collage Series photograph
View Ben Schonzeit - Contrary by Cash (Bird), Mix Media Collage Series photo
View Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Esra Carter photograph

Ben Schonzeit was a pioneer in the 1960s SoHo art scene in Manhattan and became the youngest of the original thirteen Photorealist artists in the 1970s that included artists such as Cluck Close and James Rosenquist. He was born in Brooklyn in 1942 and developed a love and talent for painting and composition from an early age. He attended Cooper Union in New York City enjoying superb artistic training, originally studying architecture, but then switching to fine art graduating with a BFA in 1964. Beginning with an extraordinary group of crisp, tightly painted works based on photographs he made in downtown Manhattan, Schonzeit’s career blossomed in the 1970s when Photorealism came into its own. Photorealism generally defines a type of painting that is inspired by the realistic precision and detail of a photograph meaning photography has always remained paramount to Schonzeit’s artistic practice. Schonzeit himself discovered the aesthetic potential of everyday objects in exquisitely painted, large-scale translations of photographs.

Since the mid-1980s Schonzeit has been creating imaginative and painterly setups that often involve the use of his own paintings as the backdrop, and photographs them. He has produced a stunning series of prints using the alternative process of the cibachrome print. In a recent series, he places lovely bouquets of flowers against backdrops of modern master paintings (Monet, Degas, Watteau), creating an artistic dialogue between art history and contemporary still life. Continually creating new imagery, lately Schonzeit has created a series of collages using collected periodicals in order to create from nothing instead of based on something that already exists. His penetrating explorations of consciousness made a quick and lasting impression and found their way into the collections of many major museums in the United States and Europe. These include the Guggenheim in New York, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Schonzeit continues to live and work in New York City.