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Ben Bauer

(Born 1980)

Off County Road 12

Oil on canvas on board

20 x 22 inches

Signed

BIOGRAPHY - Ben Bauer (Born 1980)

Ben Bauer

Ben Bauer’s deep roots in the landscape of forests and high plains in the upper midwest are the source of his commitment to “recording a natural history” in his paintings. Like many people who have witnessed the continuing depletion of open land in once-pristine regions, Bauer is acutely aware of how quickly ecosystems can be damaged or destroyed; and how easily that loss can be justified under the auspices of economic development.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1980, Bauer grew up in a family that introduced him to the pleasures of outdoor living, whether enjoying a summer weekend in the countryside or participating in annual duck-hunting expeditions. The sense of camaraderie among the men in his family as they tramped through river valleys and wetlands provided the younger boys, including Bauer, with both an education in the natural world and a personal awareness of the cycles of each season. Seen from this intimate perspective, the shift from spring to summer reveals a gradual unfolding, just as the tonal shifts from white to grey and brown in a winter landscape can only be understood when studied over time.

This sincere connection to the natural world ultimately led the young Bauer to turn his fondness for cartooning on his school notebooks to focus on drawing wildlife scenes instead. As he noted in a recent interview, “I’ve always had a pencil in my hand since fourth grade.” By eighth grade, he discovered wildlife painters and printmakers, such as David Maass, who specialized in waterfowl imagery; and soon thereafter, Bauer created his first entry for the Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp competition. The federally sponsored Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Contest (the “Duck Stamp”) was initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 as a source of funding for the conservation of wetlands and upland habitats throughout the US. Since that time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System has been able to conserve over five million acres of land. In Minnesota, this program is complemented by the Department of Natural Resources which sponsors the Junior Duck Stamp competition as well. Although Bauer did not win the competition, he did place first among his age group--no small accomplishment in a field of 1100 student entries.

This early predilection for drawing provided the impetus for Bauer to take “every art course that was offered” in his North St. Paul high school, and ultimately led him to an art major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, where he majored in painting. Although he was not overly impressed by what was then considered fashionable painting at the University, Bauer was introduced to a variety of technical and intellectual fields that would benefit him as an artist in the future. In addition, two of his professors, Tamara Brantmeier and Charles Lume, were especially instrumental in guiding Bauer to develop his own style.

Not surprisingly, Bauer has continued his art education on the internet. Like many artists, he has discovered art history online and has absorbed the work of artists as divergent as George Inness (1825-94) and the California landscapist, Edgar Payne (1882-1947). Bauer also notes that online sites for connecting with other contemporary artists have been an important source for sharing information and establishing a network of like-minded professionals.

Bauer’s work continues to evolve as he explores the imagery of the landscapes around him. A primary objective remains the preservation of these landscapes, whether it is a prairie restoration or the creation of land stewardship trusts to protect existing farmland from development. Because of this profound awareness of the land, Bauer’s paintings capture a strong sense of place, whether it is early spring along Elmo Creek or the vast horizon of a winter wheat field. Most recently, his oil paintings have also become studies in what he describes as “ever-changing and temperamental oil paint.” These works are further explorations in the nature of his medium, as well as reflections of the transitory qualities of seasonal cycles.

Janet Whitmore, Ph.D.

 

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AVAILABLE WORKS
Dawn in Driftless Wisconsin - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Dawn in Driftless Wisconsin
Oil on canvas on board
11 x 18 inches
Signed
Winters Eve in Dusty Rose (Artist\'s Residence) - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Winters Eve in Dusty Rose (Artist's Residence)
Oil on aluminum
18 x 24 inches
Signed
Sleeping Bear Bluff, Moments to Sun Up - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Sleeping Bear Bluff, Moments to Sun Up
Oil on canvas on board
28 X 40 inches
Signed
Mellowing - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Mellowing
Oil on aluminum
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Zion Before the Storm - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Zion Before the Storm
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches
Signed
Big Marine Farm Portrait - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Big Marine Farm Portrait
Oil on panel
28 x 34 inches
Signed
All is Calm - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
All is Calm
Oil on panel
30 x 40 inches
Signed and dated 2022
Dusty Rose in Hugo, MN - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Dusty Rose in Hugo, MN
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
A Place for Cooper and I - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
A Place for Cooper and I
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Morning Whispers  - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Morning Whispers
Oil on canvas-panel
8 x 10 inches
Signed
Bues Bay, Door County, WI - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Bues Bay, Door County, WI
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
Winter Hush - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Winter Hush
Oil on canvas
6 x 8 inches
Signed with initial
Shorsey and the Bovines - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Shorsey and the Bovines
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Signed
A Morning in Savage, MN - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
A Morning in Savage, MN
Oil on panel
24 x 29 inches
Signed
Door County Pumpkins - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Door County Pumpkins
Oil on Artefex Panel
20 x 24 inches
Signed
An Arizona Magic Moment - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
An Arizona Magic Moment
Oil on panel
24 x 30 inches
Signed
Winter Hills of Somerset, WI - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Winter Hills of Somerset, WI
Oil on panel
28 x 40 inches
Signed
Midwestern Primaries - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Midwestern Primaries
Oil on panel
28 x 40 inches
Signed
Blowing Snow in Buffalo County, WI - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Blowing Snow in Buffalo County, WI
Oil on panel
36 x 40 inches
Signed
Backyard in Hugo - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Backyard in Hugo
Oil on panel
24 x 30 inches
Signed
Rediscover - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Rediscover
Oil on panel
16 x 24 inches
Signed
Dusk Falling Over Somerset - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Dusk Falling Over Somerset
Oil on panel
28 x 40 inches
Signed
Landscape in Zorn\'s Palette - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Landscape in Zorn's Palette
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed
Morning Light on the Trimbelle River - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Morning Light on the Trimbelle River
Oil on aluminum
18 x 36 inches
Signed
Silent Morning in River Falls - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Silent Morning in River Falls
Oil on aluminum
12 x 20 inches
Signed
On Menomonie Winds - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
On Menomonie Winds
Oil on panel
28 x 40 inches
Signed
Minnesota Fall Landscape - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Minnesota Fall Landscape
Oil on canvas on board
20 x 26 inches
Signed
Slow Thaw - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Slow Thaw
Oil on aluminum
10 x 12 inches
Signed
Snow Burst Over Dunn County - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Snow Burst Over Dunn County
Oil on aluminum
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Afternoon at Baha\'i Honda State Park, Florida Keys - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Afternoon at Baha'i Honda State Park, Florida Keys
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches
Signed
St. Croix County Farm by Moonlight - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
St. Croix County Farm by Moonlight
Oil on panel
28 x 34 inches
Signed
Perfect Winters Day - Bauer, Ben
Ben Bauer
(Born 1980)
Perfect Winters Day
Oil on panel
28 x 36 inches
Signed