Recent Works

(2012-2016)

My newest paintings showcase my years of experience as a classical oil painter, using subjects that are not normally glorified using this traditional medium. Using oil painting to painstakingly create an experience involving the most mundane aspects of urban life may have various effects for viewers: from the visual effects of the sun piercing through monstrous and imposing architecture, to the moods characterized by distinctive weather and atmosphere, to the cognitive effects of comfortably observing the chaotic, stop-and-go universe of trains and timetables from a fine art perspective (without missing the train).

These images are drawn from my last years living in New York City alongside the J train, a major above-ground metropolitan artery that runs the length of Broadway, throughout many Brooklyn neighborhoods. The actual train tracks were right outside my window. Having one’s art studio look out onto this subject - the most visible yet invisible, the loudest yet most silent character of my story - it only makes sense to complete my Brooklyn journey by immortalizing it in the best way that I know how. I hope to challenge and inspire viewers to discover all there is to discover in the places we look the least, that is to say, in our paths.

Around The Bend  Ben Marxen
  • Around The Bend
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 20" x 24"   2015
Reflection, Ben Marxen
  • Reflection
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 18" x 24"   2015
Corner of Stuyvesant Street
  • Corner of Stuyvesant Street
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24" x 18"   2014
Friday The 22nd, Ben Marxen
  • Friday The 22nd
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 20" x 16"   2016
Untitled, Ben Marxen
  • Untitled
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 16" x 20"   2013
Foggy Brooklyn Nights #1, Ben Marxen
  • Foggy Brooklyn Night #1
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 18" x 24"   2012
Foggy Brooklyn Nights #2, Ben Marxen
  • Foggy Brooklyn Night #2
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24" x 18"   2012
Brooklyn Twilight, Ben Marxen
  • Brooklyn Twilight
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 18" x 24"   2014

More Paintings

Bullet Love, Ben Marxen
  • Bullet Love
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24" x 18"   2014
View From A Church Window
  • View From A Church Window
  • Oil on Wood Panel
  • 14" x 11"   2013
Snow Drift, Ben Marxen
  • Untitled
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 6" x 8"   2013
Rooftops, Ben Marxen
  • Rooftops Before Daybreak
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 6" x 12"   2012
  • Untitled
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 5" x 7"   2013
Cold Wedge, Ben Marxen
  • Wedge
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 5" x 7"   2013
Snow Drift, Ben Marxen
  • Snow Drift
  • Oil on Linen
  • 12" x 16"   2013
Iowa Snowscape, Ben Marxen
  • Iowa Snowscape #1
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 8" x 10"   2013
Iowa Snowscape, Ben Marxen
  • Iowa Snowscape #2
  • Oil on Linen
  • 9" x 12"   2013
Study of Boots, Ben Marxen
  • Study of Boots
  • Oil on Wood Panel
  • 14" x 11"   2011
Backyard, Ben Marxen
  • Backyard
  • Oil on Wood Panel
  • 10" x 8"   2011