Rim Light MagicBenjamin Thomas
Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas New
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
34" h x 34" w x 1.5" d |6 lbs. 0 oz.
"I have painted lots of different images of the sky," says Benjamin Thomas. "I have never grown bored with looking at the sky, it is never the same, moment to moment. This slim line of light on the edge of the colors stopped me. It was not there for long and I hope I was able to create the moment. The painting works for me when I revisit it, that almost not seen line of brightness behind the colors."This painting was used in the commercial for TV by the T.E. company. Can be seen starting in 2020.
Benjamin Thomas has been painting since the late seventies, however for most of this time he was not exhibiting his work. About twelve years ago, Benjamin and his wife were at a gallery show for a friend and as they were leaving Ben’s wife, aka “The Muse,” told him to go back in. “Your work is as good as that--maybe even better,” she said. That night, Benjamin obeyed The Muse (lucky for us!). The impressionistic sweeps of sky and cloud in Benjamin’s paintings capture more than just an atmospheric quality, but also a heavenly interpretation of the landscape. There is a classical, mature style to the paintings, reminiscent of J.M.W. Turner. Benjamin is often inspired while bicycling, walking or motorcycling, taking in the scenery of Pittsburgh, PA. He takes photos of the scene and then works out the concept back in his studio. The large scale of the work matches the impression and mood that each scene conveys, and the light and shadow are carefully balanced to capture something mercurial and nostalgic. The work feels very measured and contemplated, but also full of passion, as if each piece is in pursuit of the joy of painting and the representation of natural beauty.