American Art CollectorJuly 2020
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the feel of Long Island: “It was dawn now on Long Island and we went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with gray-turning, gold-turning light. The shadow of a tree fell abruptly across the dew and ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves. There was a slow, pleasant movement in the air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool, lovely day.”
Ben Aronson is a newcomer to Long Island. Delivering paintings to a Southampton art fair, he discovered the beauty that had enthralled countless artists before him. He observes, “The southern coast is oriented nearly east/west so, essentially, the sun rises and sets on the water. There is a different character to the light when it’s sunny or overcast and it bounces off the water in some magical, mercurial way. The light seems to come from everywhere.”
He has produced a series of paintings for an exhibition, Manhattan to Montauk, at MM Fine Art in Southampton, New York. Known for his painterly, abstracted cityscapes of Manhattan, he has taken the journey of the artists before him, “escaping to Long Island as an antidote to New York City,” to the literally more reflective potato fields, bays and beaches of the island.
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