Ben Fenske: Constructing the Figure
Summer Workshop 2019
The Atelier is thrilled to welcomeback Ben Fenske for our for a second year to teach comparative anatomy. With a brash brushstroke and a heedless celebration of color and light, Fenske captures informal moments of contemporary life in the spirit of the 19th and 20th century impressionist painters. Although a native of Minnesota, he has been working and living in Sag Harbor, New York and Florence, Italy for the last 7 years. His work is regularly exhibited in shows across the US. Fenske has been the subject of countless national articles, notably the American Artist Magazine which included him as one of the Best 25 Living Artists in 2012.
His work emanates sponteneity, but a deep understanding of anatomy is crucial to his figurative work. In this workshop, Ben Fenske will teach students how to construct the figure, with a focus on the theory and abstract conception of the figure through the memorization of specific anatomical points and surface references. The goal is that students may learn to draw the figure with or without the model. Ben’s technique of figure construction is a combination of his studies at the Russian school in Florence and his own studies on artistic anatomy.
To learn more about Ben Fenske's work, visit www.benfenske.com/.