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"Merill Inn" by Ben Steele

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"Merill Inn" by Ben Steele
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.

Another element of Merill Inn’s impactis its size and our MasterWork™ Fine Art Giclée Canvas at 39"w x 43" is perfect for the select few with that perfect space.  It is also available as a Fine Art Giclée Canvas measuring 26"w x 29"h and a Fine Art Giclée Paper at 18"w x 19 7/8"h.

"Merill Inn" by Ben Steele

Sizing & Pricing

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Print:
limited to 250 s/n. 18"w x 19 7/8"h. $150 

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 50 s/n. 26"w x 29"h. $495
(Ships Gallery Wrapped.)  

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 25 s/n. 39"w x 43"h (unstretched). $950

About Ben Steele

Steele 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.

Artist Statement
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.

With an education built upon classical training, however, he enjoys utilizing the techniques and processes of the old masters with a contemporary sensibility. What results is a paradoxical reverence for art with playful and sometimes acidic commentary.


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