Sky BattleBenjamin Thomas
Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
40 " h x 48 " w x 1.5 " d |8 lbs. 0 oz.
The weather is what we talk about; the sky is what we get. I was running from this weather. There was a storm coming that my dog wanted to hide from. We just made it home before the lighting and rain started. I was happy to record this day in paint, but happiest to be in my warm dry studio with my dog.
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.