Lithograph print titled in the artist's hand on the reverse in pencil "Carol Singer", signed in the plate on front right corner and dated there 1939. The unframed print measures 11" by 8 1/4" inside an old gray mat. The artist, BENJAMIN MESSICK (1891-1981) was born in the Missouri Ozarks and served in Europe in World War I. He showed early artistic talent. After his return he was in California, studying at Chouinard in Los Angeles, and winning scholarships and awards. He counted among his teachers Frank Tolles Chamberlin, Clarence Hinkle, and Pruett Carter. Through the 1930's and 1940's he developed a strong Regionalist style, and indeed came to be known as one of the west coast's foremost Regionalist artists, and a major figure on the Los Angeles art scene. Later he came to be a much-loved instructor at Chouinard and also in San Diego and Long Beach. After 1950 Messick's work took a sharp Modernist turn. This print falls squarely into the Regionalist genre period. Save for the old mat which could be removed via careful use of an X-Acto knife, the work is in generally good condition despite its having resided in a portfolio, without glass or other protection. There is a very small thinned spot, almost a pinhole, in the white of the hat brim, and light creasing in lower portion of the very thin paper that was used.
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