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NOTES: Jean-Francois Millet would certainly never have conceived of works like Gerhard Richter’s Abstract Painting series. Painted over 100 years earlier, Millet’s seminal work, The Gleaners, classically representational as it is, was then regarded as “cutting edge” because its subject, poverty and class, were placed so front and center before the viewer. The first impressionist salons, over-the-top in their “radical departure” from realism at the time, were still a decade away.
Yet through the mind of Ben Steele, Millet and Richter join seamlessly. “I have a friend who had mistaken the title of The Gleaners for The Cleaners. My first thought was how easily, given the position of each of the women in the Millet painting, the act of cleaning-up does comes right to mind. I immediately saw these classic, representative figures as having the job of tidying-up the studio of one of our modern artists.”
And which form of art will stand the test of time? Who will be cleaning up after whom? Only time will tell and Ben doesn’t mind that being a debate he sparks as well. Certainly, you can brighten any room with this wonder blend of classic and modern art paradigms. This of Steele’s The Cleaners gives you the opportunity show off your knowledge and appreciation of art without having to take sides in the Classic vs. Modern Art debate. .
by Ben Steele
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Ben Steele bio
Steele was born in 1977 in Kennewick, WA. He graduated from University of Utah in 2002 with a BFA in painting and drawing, continuing his education at the Helper Workshops under the instruction of David Dornan and Paul Davis. The summer workshops led to a multi-year internship with Dornan and Steele relocated to Helper where he has been living and working as an artist ever since.
Steele considers himself to often be on the outside of the art world looking in. Rather than fitting any specific movement, he's best described as an Art Chameleon, using his work to comment on the history of art as a whole. To do so, he incorporates many different processes of painting and isn't tied down by any one style.
With an education built upon classical training, however, he enjoys utilizing the techniques and processes of the old masters with a contemporary sensibility. What results is a paradoxical reverence for art with playful and sometimes acidic commentary.