Ben Aronson (born October 4, 1958) is an American painter flourishing in Massachusetts. His perform is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, and Alpha Gallery in Boston.
One of the strongest urban scene painters dynamic today, Aronson's painterly urban landscapes combine correct realism taking into consideration gestural immediacy and Abstract Expressionist energy. His pretense has become influential among, and emulated by many contemporary cityscape painters. His paintings are included in the unshakable collections of beyond fifty museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MI, and the Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province, China, as skillfully as numerous private and institutional collections.
"Aronson's luscious impastos depict Manhattan's skyscrapers and genuine canyons, Paris's stately buildings, and San Francisco's skyline with good dexterity", winning applause as "...the real deal: the rich physicality of oil paint married to the mutable physics of perception".
In recent years his cityscapes have evolved to complement contemporary social realist themes "...in which Aronson moves the human figure from its lesser role within the larger urban landscape, into a full subject of its own. Echoing his dramatically lighted single object yet lifes, the single-handedly figures have now taken their place on stage later than equal poignancy." (Images/Nighthawks Series) Exhibits at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC ("Risk and Reward", 2010) and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine ("Aronson to Aronson", 2011) revealed a supplementary emphasis on social certainty in a series of paintings bearing in mind Wall Street themes exploring the contemporary world of huge business. His "... scenes of the New York Stock Exchange floor in particular heavens one of the most energized and far ahead brushes in the country. His high-contrast tones, boldly thick paint and slashing marks perfectly mirror the fast-moving, high-powered and high-tech world."
Donald Kuspit, professor of art history and philosophy (Stony Brook University, Cornell) observes: "whatever social narrative is conveyed by Aronson's pictures, they are anything exquisitely painted and emotionally haunting. Aronson is a social realist, like Edward Hopper—but he's dealing later than a different [our current] social reality".