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The Art of Ben Steele
 

About Ben Steele

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.

Ben Steele - Starry Night Hotel - Van Gogh's Starry Night on a hotel
Starry Night Hotel

Ben SteeleSteele 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.

 

 

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Scream Motel by Ben Steele

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Scream Motel

Have a passion for Pop Art? Love a good thrill? Or maybe you are just searching for some excitement slightly off the beaten path? Ben Steele’s playful "Scream Motel" brings together Munch’s "The Scream" and Hitchcock’s "Psycho" in radiant and glorious neon light. Certainly Mr. Hitchcock would never have considered changing the name of the Bates Motel in the classic thriller, but we wouldn’t it past him to sneak a subliminal glimpse of this image in some one’s rearview mirror.

Ben Steele’s "Scream Motel" is not, contrary to popular opinion, the product of an unbalanced mind. Rather it comes from one that endlessly ponders the possible relationships between art history, pop culture, advertising and modern life. Vibrant and striking, this Fine Art Giclèe Canvas says as much about the unique outlook of the person who hangs it as the person who painted it. Enjoy!

 
 

Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
24" x 26"

50 s/n

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Dali Dairy - Ben Steele

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Dali Dairy

 

What would Salvador Dali see if he toured the highways and by-ways of this great country? Ben Steele turned his whimsical mind to that thought and ended up with this “crazy good” insight on just what that surreal vision may be.

 

“I have a series of works where the Masters’ paintings appear on the barns of rural farms. When the name Dali Dairy popped into my head and I said to myself, ‘Oh - that sounds good.’ It was a rather quick leap to populating the farm with these flamingo-legged cows inspired by Dali’s The Temptation of St. Anthony rather than painting a Dali image on the barn.

 

I am particularly happy with the mischievous look of the cows, especially the second from the left.” The Dali Dairy original could have sold many times over when it was unveiled at a show in Palm Springs, and was purchased by Florida’s Raymond/James Art Collection. It is interesting to note that Mr. James is currently the president of the Salvador Dali Museum Board of Trustees.

 

 
 

Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
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Image Size:
19" x 15"

100 s/n

$245 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
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Image Size:
28" x 22"

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Ben Steele - The Cleaners

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The Cleaners

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 Limited Edition Canvas 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

 
 

Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
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Image Size:
33" x 24"
$595 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Ben Steele - Dedicated to da Vince - Mona Lisa coloring page with crayons

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Dedicated to da Vinci

The hallmarks of Steele’s art are in full display in Dedicated to da Vinci where art is deconstructed to the very basic of tools. From eight school crayons (manufactured by none other than “Benny Steele Co.”) come the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Steele’s luminescent lighting, acquired through layers of glazing, extends two dimensions into the illusion of three. His wry sense of humor reminds us that art is not only beautiful, it can be fun.

 
 

Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
15" x 18"
$245 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Ben Steele - Try Some - Mattisse Reese's Pieces Candy Machine

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Try Some by Ben Steele

In Try Some, Ben Steele’s low culture―high culture homage, the quintessentially American gumball machine is front and center in a controlled museum environment filled with graceful figures by Henri Mattisse. “Try Some” says the hatch door covering the candy exit. And “try some” is part of Steele’s message: try some of all life has to offer. Art is for enjoyment and just like a handful of candy, it can give you pleasure and satisfaction.

 
 

Limited Edition Masterwork
Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
32" x 40"
(unstretched)
$850 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée on Paper
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
18" x 22 1/2"
$160 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Ben Steele - Curiosity - cat watching a painting of a goldfish in bowl

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Curiosity by Ben Steele

What are the consequences of photorealism?” asks Ben Steele. “What can happen when a painting looks too real?” Not every work from the self-described Art Chameleon features a guest appearance from Van Gogh or Warhol; sometimes he turns his sly sense of humor on an entire genre.

It’s something that we’ve all experienced at one point or another.  Is that a painting or is it photograph? Is it live or is it Memorex? Today, you can add, “That has to be digital.” The story goes that artist James Bama once had a collector x-ray a painting because he was certain it was a touched up photograph. If the magic an artist can create with brush and paint can confound even the most ardent art lover, what could be the effect be on your average feline?

In Curiosity, Steele’s cat does not stalk its prey but sits mesmerized by the possibility of the easy meal before it. To pounce or not to pounce seems to be the question. The painting brings to mind Francis Barraud’s His Master’s Voice, known world-wide as the RCA logo.

 
 

Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
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Image Size:
21" x 26"
$425 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée on Paper
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Image Size:
16" x 20"
$140 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Ben Steele - Merill Inn - Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe piece lit up in neon

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Merill Inn by Ben Steele

"Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe is the Mona Lisa of modern art,” says Ben Steele. “Its power is in its simplicity. It captures her at the height of her celebrity and everything we admired about her. He knew celebrity was (and still is) the ultimate commodity and recognizable to everyone.” And not only did the 50s belong to Monroe, but they were the golden years of Route 66 and cars with fins as well.

Merill Inn exhibits the features that are the hallmarks of Steele’s art: an explosive Pop Art visual; luminescent lighting acquired through layers of glazing; an iconic reference to art history that rather than challenging it, honors it; all delivered with wry sense of humor that reminds us art is not only beautiful, it can be fun. It’s of little surprise that Southwest Art selected Steele in their 2005 21 Under 31 issue spotlighting up-and-coming artists.

 
 

Limited Edition Fine Art Masterwork Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
39" x 43"
$950 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
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Image Size:
26" x 29"
$495 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée on Paper
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Image Size:
18" x 19 7/8"
$150 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Ben Steele - Starry Night Hotel - Van Gogh's Starry Night on a hotel

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Starry Night Hotel by Ben Steele

 What do Pop Art, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Rembrandt, neon gas and Helper, Utah have in common? Artist Ben Steele. Starry Night Hotel embraces them all and expresses his belief that great art and the great artists are more accessible today than ever before. Thanks to our online society, the greater the image, the broader the awareness of it has become. If Pop Art lionized the irony of our commodity driven lifestyle and celebrated the imagery of mass culture. Steele creates paintings that are affirmations of “culture” being popular with the masses.

 
 

Limited Edition Fine Art Masterwork Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
43" x 39"
$950 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée Canvas
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
29" x 26"
$495 CDN RDER ONLINE

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Limited Edition Giclée on Paper
Hand Signed by the Artist

Image Size:
22" x 20"
$160 CDN RDER ONLINE

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  About Ben Steele

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