January 29th, 2013 - Paradise, CA
You may have seen Ben Saturen's paintings in one of our shows at the Art Center, and regardless of your taste in styles, you certainly have to admire his skill with the paint medium. Ben is a man who seeks to master the "super realism" expression in his paintings, whether it's an underwater wildlife scene, a still life, or a geometric abstract painting. But to get a real sense of Ben's talents you have to visit his studio in Paradise. Ben has taken part in the "Open Studios Art Tour" for a few years and I recommend you make his studio a "must see" next year. From the photos, you can see the scale of some of his paintings, and his studio-gallery has examples of his super realistic style applied to many different subjects. Ben enjoys scuba diving with his wife, and many of his paintings are scenes from those experiences in the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. He can boast some pretty good "creds" too. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, and his work has been published in Artist's Magazine, Wildlife Art News Magazine, and Christie's Auction Catalog. He was awarded "Artist of the Year" by Project Reefkeeper. His art can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including the World Wildlife Fund and Living Planet Aquarium, the American Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. I enjoyed my time at Ben's studio and I recommend you check it out. He can be reached through his website for Saturen Studio.
During the reception for the Members Show, we asked visitors to pick a favorite piece of art and as a result we have two winners of the "People's Choice Award"! One of the awards goes to this issue's featured artist, Ben Saturen, who you'll be reading about later. Ben won for his detailed illustration "Three Orchids."