Intriguing original acrylic/mixed media painting/artwork by the well listed Chicago artist Claude Bentley. Measures 24 x 24 inches, signed in the lower center portion of the painting. Excellent condition. Acrylic paint and fabric mounted on a wood panel. Framed in a period contemporary style frame that suits the work well. Inventory/catalog number appears on the back of the painting. Striking piece to view. The interesting textures and choice of muted colors combine to present a puzzling image to the viewer. Has a great look and feel. One of better earlier assemblages. This is abstract non-representational art at its best. A choice painting for the experienced collector. Bentley is listed in all major art reference volumes including Who Was Who in American Art (Falk). You can read more details about the artist below. One of the best Bentley paintings to come to market.
BENTLEY, Claude Ronald [Painter, graphic artist] b-I 915, NYC. Addresses: Chicago, IL. Studied: Northwestern Univ.; American Acad. A., Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), with Louis Ritman, Max Kahn. Exhibited: Elgin Mad., 1941; Denver A. Museum, 1941; AIC, 1941; Assoc. Am. A., Chicago, 1946; Corcoran Gal., 1953-61; SFMA; WMAA; Sarasota Art Assn; Jacques Baruch Gal., Chicago. Awards: John G. Curtis Jr. Award, 1963; Old Orchard Art Fair Award, 1963; purchase award, Ill. State Museum, 1963. Work: Univ. IL; MMA; Denver Art Museum (Colorado); AIC; Ill. State Museum Commissions: mural, 3600 Lake Shore Dr. Bldg., Chicago, IL. Comments: Preferred media: acrylics. Design consult., Plaza del Lago Shopping Ctr, Winnetka Illinois. Collection: African, oceanic and pre-Columbian art. Sources: WW73; Prize winning oil paintings, (Allied, 1960); Literary Times (April, 1965); Creating Art from Anything (Mellach, 1968). WW47.