Ben Wohlberg, b. 1927 in Montezuma, Kansas is an abstract painter. He earned a B.F.A from Art Center School in California in 1948. Wohlberg moved to New York and while supporting himself in illustration and portraiture, he pursued semi-figurative and abstract painting. Wohlberg is inspired by nature; he aims to translate the microcosmic lights, colors, and shapes into an expansive abstract macrocosm. His practice involves experimenting with gestural strokes of viscose surfaces and thin washes that allow for him to discover and respond to the colors and surfaces. The final paintings invite viewers to reflect on the abstractions.
Wohlberg has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the northeast and the Bahamas. Solo show highlights include exhibitions with Viridian Gallery and Agora Gallery in New York, NY, and Encore Gallery and Square One Gallery in Block Island, RI. Group show highlights include exhibitions at Bond Street Gallery in New York, NY, Aurora Gallery and Payne Road Gallery in Block Island, RI, Charlestown Gallery in Charleston, RI, Sixty-One Main Gallery in Andes, NY, Virgina Lynch Gallery in Tiverton, RI, River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk, Maine, and Lavender Hill Gallery in the Bahamas. Wolhberg’s work is in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
June 4 to 25, 2015
Ben Wolhberg: On the Wall