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M.J. Benson
www.portlandartgallery.com
Affiliation:; Alumni
BFA

1995

Gallery:  Portland Art Gallery

Personal website:   www.mjbenson.com
 
Artist Statement
As a painter, I love the balance of the horizon, its ever steady line of delineation between the spaces of land, sky, sea. It’s the first stroke I make on the surface, and often the last. In between are layers and layers of light and color, sprung from memory but unbound by realism. I start with a framework, a few rules around composition or color, but it’s the tension between what I expect and what the painting is telling me that dictates the flow and finish. I work, watch, and wait, until the ever fickle shifting between place and memory stills itself harmoniously on the canvas. I grew up on the New England Coast, running along the edges of the water, swimming in its balmy waves, and sailing on its moody surface. I started my art practice as a photographer, working with alternative landscapes and materials, and moved into painting after moving to Maine in 2006. The ocean has always been my elegant muse, a balance point in the upheaval and ennui of a curious life.



Artwork submitted for the SMFA Art Sale

 

  Copper  (2018)
Wall Hanging - Paintings
Medium: Acrylic on canvas  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 52 H: 52
Price:$8,000
 

  Blue Horizon, Vieques  (2018)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: Photography  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 19 H: 19
Price:$250
 

  Sandy Point Pool  (2018)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: Photography  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 19 H: 19
Price:$250
 

  Bracelet  (2018)
Jewelry - Bracelet
Medium: Silver, Semi-precious stones, Pearl, Glass  
Edition:    Quantity: 8
Dimensions (inches):   W: 2 H: 8
Price:$100
 

  Marsh  (2018)
Other - Cards and Calendars
Medium: Acrylic on canvas  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 24 H: 24
Price:$3,200
 

  Dusk  (2018)
Other - Cards and Calendars
Medium: Acrylic on canvas  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 72 H: 36
Price:$9,000
 

  Fall  (2017)
Other - Cards and Calendars
Medium: Acrylic on canvas  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 48 H: 48
Price:$7,000
 

  Luna  (2018)
Other - Cards and Calendars
Medium: Acrylic on canvas  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 60 H: 24
Price:$5,500