GALLERY: Benjamin Shamback's Still Lifes and Charcoal Drawings


In the November 2006 issue of American Artist, still-life artist Benjamin Shamback explained how an energetic underpainting gave life to his carefully refined oil works on metallic surfaces. In this online exclusive gallery, we offer more still-life images as well as three charcoal drawings.

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2006, oil on aluminum,
13 x 7. All artwork this gallery collection the artist unless otherwise indicated.
Glasses on Red 3
2006, oil on aluminum, 18 x 24.
20005, oil on copper, 13 x 10.
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Paper and Seashell
2005, charcoal on mylar, 18 x 24.
Paper and Seashell
2005, oil on copper, 12 x 12¾.
Blue Pitcher
2005, oil on copper, 18 x 24. Courtesy Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Wine Bottles on Red
2006, oil on copper, 18 x 24.
Bowl on Green 5
2006, oil on copper, 18 x 24.
Pitcher with Red Block
2006, oil on aluminum, 14 x 11.
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Female Posterior
2005, charcoal, 30 x 20.
Paper and Tool
2005, charcoal on mylar, 14 x 11.
Yellow Plate
2005, oil on aluminum, 10 x 8.

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8 thoughts on “GALLERY: Benjamin Shamback's Still Lifes and Charcoal Drawings

  1. In response to LMTaylor, I question your use of the word plain. If you’re implying that the composition is plain, you would be correct, the compositions are balanced, a lot of time centered. But when you don’t have to worry about composition you can take more time to worry about color relationships, and the shape of negative space that shapes your objects. Not to mention shadows which achieve depth in an otherwise shallow space.

  2. These are some of my favorite paintings that I have seen in a long time. Its hard to use color in such a sensual manner without being brash and vulgar. very inspiring

  3. Benjamin –

    I came across this website while looking up information on Chris Bradley, which brought me to your WA graduation class website.

    Good Luck with your art – looks GREAT!

    Take Care ~

    Frank May (music @ WA 1989-present)