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Benjamin Degen, Grandfather, 2021, Acrylic paint and ink on panel in artist-made sculptural frame, 57 x 72 in. Sheet, 58 3/4 x 73 3/4 in. Frame

Benjamin Degen, Grandfather, 2021, Acrylic paint and ink on panel in artist-made sculptural frame, 57 x 72 in. Sheet, 58 3/4 x 73 3/4 in. Frame

Benjamin Degen, Grandfather, 2020, Ink on mulberry paper, 38 x 48 in.

Benjamin Degen, Grandfather, 2020, Ink on mulberry paper, 38 x 48 in.

Benjamin Degen, Owl, 2021, Acrylic paint and ink on panel in artist-made sculptural frame, 57 x 72 in. Sheet, 58 3/4 x 73 3/4 in. Frame

Benjamin Degen, Owl, 2021, Acrylic paint and ink on panel in artist-made sculptural frame, 57 x 72 in. Sheet, 58 3/4 x 73 3/4 in. Frame

Benjamin Degen, Owl, 2020, Ink on mulberry paper, 38 x 48 in.

Benjamin Degen, Owl, 2020, Ink on mulberry paper, 38 x 48 in.

Benjamin Degen, Set, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 84 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Set, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 84 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Beach Goer, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 36 x 25 in.

Benjamin Degen, Beach Goer, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 36 x 25 in.

Benjamin Degen, Rise, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 30 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, Rise, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 30 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, Mare Insularum, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, Mare Insularum, 2019, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, Way, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 84 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Way, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 84 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Mångata, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

Benjamin Degen, Mångata, 2020, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

Benjamin Degen, High Pass, 2019, Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, High Pass, 2019, Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Benjamin Degen, As the Crow Flies, 2017, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, As the Crow Flies, 2017, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Lucky Ones, 2017, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 in.

Benjamin Degen, Lucky Ones, 2017, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 in.

Benjamin Degen, Night Move, 2018, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 in.

Benjamin Degen, Night Move, 2018, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 in.

Benjamin Degen, My Friend, 2016, Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel, 42 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, My Friend, 2016, Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel, 42 x 60 in.

Benjamin Degen, Insomnia City, 2016, Oil on linen, 60 x 84 in.

Benjamin Degen, Insomnia City, 2016, Oil on linen, 60 x 84 in.

El Nazareno, 2015, Oil and acrylic on linen, 48 x 36 in.

El Nazareno, 2015, Oil and acrylic on linen, 48 x 36 in.

Plant in a Dragon Pot, 2014, Oil stick and acrylic on paper, 40 x 26 in. Sheet; 42 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. Framed

Plant in a Dragon Pot, 2014, Oil stick and acrylic on paper, 40 x 26 in. Sheet; 42 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. Framed

Drawing, Drinking, Sleeping, Dreaming, 2015, Oil on linen over panel, 72 x 108 in.

Drawing, Drinking, Sleeping, Dreaming, 2015, Oil on linen over panel, 72 x 108 in.

Winding Leaves, 2013, Oil on linen over panel, 72 x 108 in.

Winding Leaves, 2013, Oil on linen over panel, 72 x 108 in.

Benjamin Degen

Born in Brooklyn, NY, 1976
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, BFA, 1998
Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, 1997
Lives and Works in New York, NY

BENJAMIN DEGEN (b. 1976) makes optically charged paintings and drawings through active markmaking. The artist’s work is defined by these decisive, rhythmic gestures and is grounded in daily drawing and observation practices. Degen places the viewer within scenes ranging from vast seaside horizons to dense cityscapes, making us keenly aware of our visual and physical experience of the world around us. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; and The Nerman MoCA, Overland Park, among others.

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