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Ben Fenske Art

American, b. 1978

Ben Fenske, although a native of Minnesota, has been working and living in Sag Harbor, New York and Florence, Italy for the last 12 years. An oil painter in the spirit of the 19th and 20th-century Impressionists, he often chooses informal and contemporary scenes with an implied narrative. His work, which features brash and suggestive brushstrokes, delights in light and color and is regularly exhibited in shows across the US. Fenske has been the subject of countless national articles, most notably the American Artist Magazine, which included him as one of the Best 25 Living Artists in 2012.

(Biography provided by Grenning Gallery)
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Daydream
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a nude woman, sleeping cozily in the daytime. A nude figure sleeps curled up on a bed adorned with printed textiles. The open window beams light from a bright and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Steaks
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil on canvas painting of two raw steaks, unwrapped atop a rustic table. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of Minnesota, and has been working and living in Sag Harbor, New Y...
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2010s Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Lilacs
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air on his terrace in Chianti, Italy, Fenske captures a vibrant scene of lilacs on an outdoor table. Beneath a bamboo canopy, light trickles through; depicted by mag...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, ABS

Floral Sheets
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a female nude. A nude figure lies on her back on a bed. Colorful textiles surround her. The sheet she lies on is white with green flowers and yellow spots. Her l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil

Bea, Sunset Road Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein air in Chianti, Italy, Beatrice walks down a a shrub-lined path. A yellow sky indicates the sun has just set beneath the horizon. The horizon is blue, depicting dist...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Zinnias
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of multi-colored zinnias, hand picked from the gardens in the Hamptons, on the East End of Long Island. Flowers reach out of the cylindrical yellow vase. A pitcher of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Linen

Poppies, Blue and White
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of poppies, hand picked from the hills of Tuscany, and arranged in the artist's kitchen. A solid, rich brown, vessel holds the poppies and daisies, against a pale gre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Road to the House
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large scale, horizontally oriented oil painting of Fenske's home in Tuscany. An important canvas in his 2021 solo show, “Road to the House” depicts a a classic Tuscan farmhouse, ag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Greenport Basin
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a marina in Greenport, on the North Fork of Long Island, New York. Bright blues and subtle reds and browns create this beautiful, realistic, impressionist painting...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sunday Sunrise
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein air in Tuscany, an early morning landscape painted at sunrise. The sky turns from a deep lilac on top, to a soft pink and bright pale yellow towards the horizon. A b...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Morning Walk
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A horizontally oriented oil painting of the property just beyond Fenske's home in Tuscany. An important canvas exhibited in his 2021 solo show, "Morning Walk" is a celebration in var...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Girl, Dog, Early Summer
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large scale, horizontally oriented oil painting of a figure at rest in the grass, a dog beside her. The largest canvas in his 2021 solo show, “Girl, Dog, Early Summer” depicts a wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Shelter Island Creek
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air on Shelter Island, just north of the Hamptons in New York. A single sailboat rests alongside a dock in a quiet harbor. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Violet Horizon
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A medium scale, horizontally oriented oil painting of the sun setting over the bay. Painted from life, in Sag Harbor, NY, the peconic bay glistens with colors as the sun sets over th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Open Window, June
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large, vertically-oriented oil painting of an open window's view to the outdoors, painted from an interior of the artist's home in Tuscany. Situated in the kitchen, facing the wind...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Canvas

Wild Boar
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
‘Wild Boar’, the striking new bronze sculpture by Ben Fenske and Richard Zinon, vibrantly illustrates the ‘new’ Renaissance currently under way. Ferocious yet graceful. Spawned by...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Ben Fenske Art

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Bronze

Trees, Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein air in Shelter Island, a study of trees in the woods. Fenske painted this sketch as a study, in preparation for a larger painting. Although a small panel, his elemen...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Wood Panel, Oil

Late Afternoon, Church
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A small scale oil on wood panel sketch of a white church, painted from life. A blue sky is dusted with an orange hue, signifying the end of the day. Orange light hits the roof of the...
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2010s American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Poppies, Light Blue
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of poppies, hand picked from the hills of Tuscany, and arranged in the artist's kitchen. Exhibited in Ben Fenske's annual Solo Show at Grenning Gallery, August - O...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

September Still Life
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a still life. A blue teapot is placed as the focal point; it stands out in color but also in shape. A motley of greens surround the teapot, scatterings of fruit: p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Linen

Single Rose
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a glass pitcher holding a single peach-toned rose, situated on a wooden surface, beside a rustic mirror. A canvas of neutral palettes accentuated by the organic fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Poppies and Daisies
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of poppies and wild daisies, hand picked from the hills of Tuscany, and arranged in the artist's kitchen. A solid, rich brown, vessel holds the poppies and daisies, a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Water, Roses, Window, Table
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large oil painting of an open window's view to the outdoors, painted from an interior of the artist's home in Tuscany. Situated in the kitchen, facing the window, the walls and roo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Horse Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil on wood panel sketch of a horse, on a sunny day. The horse stands before a bright green field. Wood panel remains exposed as your eye drifts away from the center of the painti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Girl, Morning
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A stunning medium-sized portrait of a woman getting dressed in front of an open window. Glass window panes opened wide, allowing in bright natural light and lush greens of the outdoo...
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2010s American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Horse Standing
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a brown horse, standing on green grass on a sunny day. Painted en plein air, after days of studying and sketching, Ben Fenske captured the correct proportions and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Spring Blossoms
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting that acts as both a still life, and an interior painting. A glass pitcher holds a pair of branches from a pear tree, flowering white pear blossoms reach upward amidst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Roses, Sunlight
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting that acts as both a still life, and a landscape. The still life consists of a yellow pitcher, a pair of orange roses resting beside it. A glass pitcher, holds a bouqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Flowering Olive Grove
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large scale, horizontally oriented oil painting of the property surrounding Fenske's home in Tuscany. An important canvas exhibited in his 2021 solo show, "Flowering Olive Grove" i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Long Beach Study
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein air in Sag Harbor, NY. A favorite local beach to watch the sunset over Noyac Bay. Painted on wood panel with loose brushstrokes, an impressionist painting that is ne...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Pink Skirt
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Pink Skirt is an Oil painting by Ben Fenske. Painted from life in his home in Chianti, Italy, his Muse Beatrice sits on a wooden chair beside a sun-soaked window. She holds her hair ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Yellow Teapot
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Impressionistic still life with a yellow teapot and glass bottle, nearly half full. Painted from direct observation, in the painters Tuscan home. Bio- Ben Fenske (b. 1978) altho...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Linen

Italian Street, Oria
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Framed dimensions: 21.25 x 15.5 inches Painted en plein-air on an old Italian street, Fenske places us in a shaded street between pale white buildings. A single figure walks away to...
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2010s American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

The Slough
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"The Slough" is an oil painting of a landscape under large puffy clouds. Painted in the style of classical realism. Framed in an antique gold frame. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Boathouse, Evening Light
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of Minnesota, and has been working and living in Sag Harbor, New York and Florence, Italy for the last 7 years. An oil painter in the spiri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Gibson, Moonrise
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A large scale, horizontally oriented oil painting of the moon over the ocean. Painted from memory, a moonscape at Gibson Lane beach in Sagaponack New York. The full moon sits just ab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Soft Yellow Sunset
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of the sun setting over Noyac Bay in Sag Harbor, New York. Fenske works in a loose-impressionistic style, it's almost abstract. This painting glows with color, and up...
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2010s American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Sunset Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air in Chianti, Italy, a colorful sky cascades above a distant hillside, and the near foliage in the foreground. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of Minnesota...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Fish (Naselli)
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil on canvas painting of two fish, unwrapped atop a rustic table. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of Minnesota, and has been working and living in Sag Harbor, New York an...
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2010s Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Bea, Garden
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A contemporary oil painting of a woman standing in a garden. Wearing a printed orange dress, she almost blends into the colorful landscape which surrounds her. Tall wild grass sits i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Linen

Wildflowers
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of flowers in a pitcher. A bouquet of wildflowers consists of freshly picked Tuscan flowers; red poppies, white and yellow daisies, and fresh lavender. This bounty fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Tree
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A contemporary oil painting of a large, shapely tree in Florence, Italy. Bright green hues fill the canvas, in wide, urgent brushstrokes. A bright blue sky meets a distant horizon. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Polo Pony, Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Framed dimensions: 17.5 x 21.5 inches An impression of a horse, standing on the grass in the sun, before a trailer which is attached to a pick-up truck. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) althou...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil

Table, Toricella
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of Ben Fenske's dining room table, and all the items he savors in his life, living in Tuscany, Italy. Within this large-scale still-life painting, we see items such ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Long Beach Fishing Nets
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of Long Island's Peconic Bay at Sunset. A sandy foreground meets a pale green sea, reflecting the white overcast sky above. The heavy grey sky hazes the sun, into a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Long Beach Sketch
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air at Fosters Memorial Beach in Sag Harbor, a colorful impression of the sunset over the bay. Painted with loose, expressive brushstrokes, Ben Fenske creates a near...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil, Panel

Sunset Long Beach
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air at Fosters Memorial Beach in Sag Harbor, NY, "Sunset Long Beach" is an example of contemporary impressionism. Fenske utilizes a motley of colors to represent nat...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Evening Cloud
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
“Evening Cloud” (2019, Oil on linen, 35.43 x 49.21 inches). An oil painting, created en plein air in Tuscany. Rolling hills illuminated and shadowed by the natural light of a clouded...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Lilacs
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a classic subject. A leafy grouping of lilacs spill over a cylindrical glass vase. Natural light comes from the right side, resulting in a shadowing of the left. F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Olive Oil
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A still-life oil painting of items on the artist's kitchen table. A large jug of olive-oil sits centrally, a half-full bottle of red wine, a tumbler half-filled with the same wine, o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Canal at Indian Mound Road
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted during the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. A black and white depiction of a canal, is barely recognizable, due to Fenske's wild brushstrokes and lack...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Paper, Gouache

Parked Panda
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
“Parked Panda” was painted en plein air in Tuscany, Italy. A classic European car, a Fiat to be exact, is parked on the grass on a bright sunny day. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although ...
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2010s American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Mirror Summer Light
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil on canvas painting of a woman sitting in front of a mirror, tending to her hair. Window open behind her admits natural light. Ben Fenske (b. 1978) although a native of Minnes...
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2010s Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Blue Light Nude, Bea
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
The first painting of the "Bea Nudes Series" is a loose presentation of brushstrokes that make up a figure standing in her bedroom. Clothes hang on the left edge of the image. Two so...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil

Watching a Sunset
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted from life, two figures sit at the bays shore havingg just basked in the setting of the sun beneath the purple horizon. The bay reflects the backlit clouds above in a silver c...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Linen, Oil

Model, Astone Studio
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
After studying anatomy and academic painting at the Florence Academy of Art, Ben Fenske took the skills he learned and stepped back, putting his own hand into an academically proport...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sitting Nude, Bea
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a nude female figure, sitting upon a bed, chest bent over knees, hand on head, seemingly bored. Hues of pink surround the figure due to decorative fabrics that are...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

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Oil

Boat Yard, Lifting Fog
By Ben Fenske
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein-air at a marina on Long Island. An old time fishing boat is the central subject, view from the bow. A small rowboat rests in the foreground. A couple of fishing shac...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Ben Fenske Art

Materials

Linen, Oil

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