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Artist Benji Alexander Palus


An example of fine art by Benji Alexander Palus

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The Artist Says:


"Every woman has an infinite sea of emotions and facets to her personality. She can be a completely different person from one moment to the next and yet it is all her. This is what I try to capture; not the overall view of womanhood, but specific moments that occur once and are never repeated."
 
"My models are my best friends. Every painting is an exploration of the qualities in them that I so deeply love, that make them so beautiful. Without love, the work would be nothing, just as without their muse, the artist is nothing."
 
"I am moved to pick up the brush for the outsiders, the misunderstood, the suffering; women whose lives have been shaped by disaster, betrayal, hardship, and yet shaped into something beautiful. They are risk takers; daring, unaffected. They know themselves because they have been tested in ways that most people never are. If five friends are laughing together, I want to share the story of the one whose laughter is most dearly bought."
 
"...In this way I can explore and create something more than myself; better. The masculinity of my own nature bores me, but in delving into my own perceptions of the feminine struggle and ideals, I find a subject eternal in its mysteries, its nobility, its fallibility and resilience, and its capacity for love."




Biography


Artist Bio
 
Benji Alexander Palus was born in 1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the middle of five siblings, having two older brothers and two younger sisters. Noticing early his interest in drawing and colors, his parents had him tested for artistic ability when he was just two years old. Testing at very high levels, Palus was encouraged from this young age to explore and develop his artistic nature.
 
In 1995 Palus received an associates degree in commercial art, but was disillusioned by the world of paste-ups and copy art, and of learning outmoded techniques at a time when the commercial art business was rapidly shifting into the digital world. He decided that he wanted something more, so he dedicated himself to the study and practice of fine art, specifically in the style of realism. Palus is mostly a self-taught artist, having no formal training in traditional fine art or in the medium of oils, in which he exclusively works.
 
In 1999 Palus moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he currently resides in the city's French Quarter neighborhood. For over twenty years Palus has studied and honed his style, visiting galleries and museums in his adopted city of New Orleans as well as every part of the world that he travels to, inspired by representational artists from every era. Palus' own body of work focuses on figurative compositions of individual women, sometimes with a child. He exhaustively explores the beauty of feminine nature in its unlimited palette of complex moods and emotions.
 
Palus began his professional career in 2010 at Studio 831, as part of the annual art event in New Orleans affectionately called Dirty Linen Night, a collaborative effort between several French Quarter art galleries. He has since taken part in group shows around New Orleans, and was juried into the Seventh Annual International [...]

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