Ben Shonzeit: Paintings, Charles A. Riley

Stunning in their initial impact, resonant in the stories they relate, Ben Schonzeit's big, vibrant canvases leap from the pages of this lavish volume, offering one moment of delight after another. From the sculptural three-dimensionality of his gorgeous still-lifes of flowers to witty parodies of artists such as Degas and Corot and cinematic explorations of his own dream world, Schonzeit creates paintings of breathtaking clarity and stillness.

Ben Schonzeit enjoyed superb artistic training at The Cooper Union and was a pioneer in the 1960s SoHo art scene in Manhattan. Today Schonzeit continues to create some of the most magically evocative pictures of our time.

Dr. Charles A. Riley II, the author, is a professor at the City University of New York and is also a well known journalist and lecturer in the art world. He is the author of eight previous books on the arts and on public policy.