Cazenovia Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer art exhibition of “William Benson: Abstracting Realism,” will run from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, July 28, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and is open to the public.
The exhibition is sponsored by Jim and Pamela McDonough and The Pluff Hooley Black Group at Morgan Stanley, The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday or by appointment.
William Benson, who lives with his wife Sadie in Ithaca, graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Cornell University in 1972. Now a nationally recognized artist, he paints portraits, landscape and still life in oil and charcoal. He has painted more than 300 portraits and over the last 20 years, he has been striving to incorporate abstraction into representational aspects of landscape and still life.
Although the art world was in the grip of neo abstract expressionism during the early stages of his career, Benson chose to immerse himself in the inherent power of abstraction as well as technical understanding of the great representational artists throughout history.
“Early on, I realized I had a skill and proclivity to draw both people and things. I became proficient at portraiture and have been able to sustain my family doing that during the last 30 years,” Benson said. “In the meantime, I found a way to marry the power of abstraction and realism in conveying the beauty of our upstate landscape. This is a beautiful place where we live, and I have a passion to capture it.”
Benson's work has been shown in the Rochester Memorial Art Museum, The Arnot Museum in Elmira, The Johnson Museum at Cornell University, as well as dozens of galleries and shows throughout the United States. His work is collected both nationally and internationally.