Benjamin Shamback - Maxfield Parrish, History and Technique (Online); Wednesdays, September 21-October 12, 2022

Date: Wednesdays, September 21-October 12, 2022
Time:  10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:00 PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

Maxfield Parrish was one of the most celebrated painters of the 20th century. He was an icon of American painting and his impact on the arts of painting and illustration are still felt today. Parrish’s luminous glazing and color are his most engimatic legacies and are what sets his painting apart from from all but a few painters in history. This online workshop will explore Parrish’s work and life as well as what is known about his approach to painting and technique. We will go through his painting process step by step so students can learn his basic techniques and apply them to their own subject matter. We will look into his body of work as a whole and take time to examine and analyze specific paintings at length.

There will be a demonstration of Maxfield Parrish’s technique from start to finish as well as slide shows, discussion and critique of student work.

Ben Shamback was introduced to the work of Maxfield Parrish at a Parrish retrospective exhibition in 1996 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. A Parrish enthusiast ever since, Ben has sought out and studied Parrish’s work in museum collections, read everything he could find on Parrish’s technique and conducted endless experiments in the studio. Ben received a BA in Illustration from Central Connecticut State University in 1996 and in 1999, an MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ben’s work has been included in more than 150 national and regional competitions receiving awards in competitive exhibitions throughout the United States. Ben was awarded the Faber Birren Color Award in 2003, and the Gold Medal of Honor for Oil Painting from the Allied Artists of America in 2004. Realist painter Philip Pearlstein honored Ben with the Realism Award at the 2002 Biennial Exhibition in Newport News, Virginia. Ben has had 21 solo exhibitions in the last 20 years across the US, from New Orleans to Connecticut. Ben has also exhibited at the Salmagundi and National Arts Club in New York City four times each.

Ben is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana and Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife Amanda and daughters Edie and Lilith. Ben is Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Alabama.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.