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Ben Whitehouse

Belloc Lowndes Fine Art

Plein-air painting, once a central genre of modern art, has experienced such a precipitous decline in recent decades as to have practically disappeared. In what often seems an openhanded acknowledgment of the accomplishments of his art-historical predecessors, Ben Whitehouse revisits the challenge of constructing images that emerge from a close observation of the natural world. His work seems to offer some muted mirror of benign nature, providing a selection of sylvan and soothing snippets of landscape that evoke the same peace and calm that earlier artists sought and in many ways imposed onto their depictions of the world.

In Whitehouse’s paintings, land and sky take on their carefully constructed cultural roles of physical decompression, of emotional salves offering alternatives to modern urbanized life, providing an outlet that is no less escapist because it might be real. This effect,

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