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.

Ben Schonzeit - Barcelona Moon
Ben Schonzeit
Barcelona Moon
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
36 1/2 x 37 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Tulip Monet
Ben Schonzeit
Tulip Monet
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
36 1/2 x 37 inches

Signed and editioned out of 15 on print verso.

Ben Schonzeit - St. Tropez
Ben Schonzeit
St. Tropez
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
36 3/8 x 42 3/4 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Red Roses Drawing
Ben Schonzeit
Red Roses Drawing
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
36 1/2 x 37 inches

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

Ben Schonziet - Brown Scarf Bouquet
Ben Schonzeit
Brown Scarf Bouquet
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
48 x 52 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned out of 10 on print verso.

Ben Schonzeit - Starry Tulips
Ben Schonzeit
Starry Tulips
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
36 1/2 x 37 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Silver Blue Vase
Ben Schonzeit
Silver Blue Vase
Cibachrome Photograph
2004
35 1/2 x 35 inches

Signed and editioned out of 15 on print verso.

Ben Schonzeit - Ballerina Rose
Ben Schonzeit
Ballerina Rose
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
36 x 37 1/2 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Miro Cabbage Hydrangea
Ben Schonzeit
Miro Cabbage Hydrangea
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
31 1/2 x 30 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Delph Dots
Ben Schonzeit
Delph Dots
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
58 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Peonie Dark Dots
Ben Schonzeit
Peonie Dark Dots
Cibachrome Photograph
c. 2000

Signed, dated, and # 1/15 on print verso.

Ben Schonzeit - Dutch Linen
Ben Schonzeit
Dutch Linen
Cibachrome Photograph
c. 2000
36 x 34 inches

Signed and editioned out of 15 on print verso.

Ben Schonzeit - Watteau
Ben Schonzeit
Watteau
Cibachrome Photograph
2005
36 x 47 7/16 inches

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

Ben Schonzeit - Samurai, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Samurai, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 31 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Paper Hat, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Paper Hat, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 30 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Edition, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Edition, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 32 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Healdsburg Vagabond, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Healdsburg Vagabond, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 28 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Physical Division, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Physical Division, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 34 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Philip R. Wilkins, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Philip R. Wilkins, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 31 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Small Target, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Small Target, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 29 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Great Genius, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Great Genius, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 30 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Each, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Each, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 30 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Not Obvious, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Not Obvious, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 31 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - United, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
United, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 33 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Yellow Tie, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Yellow Tie, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
44 x 30 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Burbank Samurai, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Burbank Samurai, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
32 3/4 x 14 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - To The Contrary, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
To The Contrary, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
Image: 33 x 14 inches, paper: 35 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Wolter Stuart, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. Wolter Stuart, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
Image: 31 1/2 x 14 inches, paper: 35 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Nathan Fields, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Cupcake Lady (Mr. Nathan Fields), Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
50 x 24 1/4 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Linley, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. Linley, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
50 x 24 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Livingston (Paris Hatters), Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. Livingston (Paris Hatters), Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
Image: 30 3/4 x 14 inches, paper: 35 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. David Cheselip, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. David Cheselip, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
Image: 32 x 14 inches, paper: 35 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Blanshaw, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. Blanshaw, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
31 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

Ben Schonzeit - Mr. Frenmer, Mix Media Collage Series
Ben Schonzeit
Mr. Frenmer, Mix Media Collage Series
Archival Pigment Photograph
2015
Image: 32 x 14 inches, paper: 35 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and editioned 1/5 in pencil on recto.

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.

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