Here's a very special work of art by a well known Maryland artist, R. Benjamin Jones, called "Study in Shiny Metal". The artist worked in acrylic, either on paper or board. This original work is acrylic on paper. It is signed in pencil on the lower right and the title is on lower left. The image is 8 1/4" by 8 1/2", and adding the frame, the piece is 15 1/2" by 18" across. The painting is an unusual study of an everyday object taken out of its usual context, and the result is very pleasing. The conditional of the painting is very good. The frame is a high quality wooden one, using gilded wood moulding with a strip of bird's eye maple veneer in between, and then, a very nice linen mat.
There is a great deal written about this artist who sadly passed away just weeks ago. Apart from being an artist, he was also a Presbyterian minister, and a teacher. The following is from the website that carries his work, including prints reproducing his work.
"Maryland artist R. Benjamin Jones was an accomplished painter portraying scenes from his native Maryland, the state's Eastern Shore, the Amish of Lancaster County (PA), New England, and from a trip to Florence and Tuscany, Italy. He sought to portray the gentle beauty of the world in his paintings of delicate flowers, New England streets and harbors, Amish faces, rough Chesapeake Bay watermen and rose-covered cottages along island roads. He studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts in Baltimore, the University of Maryland and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Jones' works have been shown in many galleries and museums including the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Hurlbutt Gallery in Greenwich, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Workshop in Southport, McBride Gallery in Annapolis, The Greenbrier, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Arts and The Smithsonian."
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