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New Works by Benjamin McPherson

Aug 17, 2008

Contact: Colleen Franco
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available on request



SANTA FE, N.M. [August 17, 2008] – Blue Rain Gallery will feature a show of original paintings by renowned artist Benjamin McPherson from Friday, October 3 through Friday, October 17. The work will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. An artist reception is planned for Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m.

McPherson is widely acclaimed for his oil on linen canvases depicting New Testament scenes from the Bible. He executes his paintings with classical realism, displaying a true mastery of detail, lighting, and color as he creates images of Jesus Christ, saints, apostles, and other biblical figures. “I have a passion to convey stories of faith in general,” explains McPherson. “While I’ll always paint Christian works, my body of work is truly faith-inspired painting.” The show at Blue Rain Gallery will include one of McPherson’s animations depicting different religions, as well as several of his traditional canvases.

To create his work, McPherson recruits homeless people from his community to pose for the paintings. His special talent, beautiful work, and compelling method of creating his paintings has garnered him national attention. McPherson was featured in an episode of Showtime’s “This American Life” with Ira Glass. The episode received three Emmy nominations.

While McPherson continues to focus on classical and religious themes, his newest canvases have a more lighthearted -- almost Norman Rockwell -- feeling. “The paintings are still traditional, but I’m lending new elements to give them a contemporary feeling so they don’t feel passé,” explains McPherson.

About Blue Rain Gallery
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, kachinas, southwest jewelry, and baskets. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at