Benjamin Frazier Cunningham - Large Abstract Expressionist Oil on Canvas 1950's. Signed, lower right front : B. Inscribed by the artist on the reverse, on the lower stretcher bar, with the title.
REFLECTIONS - OIL ON CANVAS. A fine complex abstraction in blues, browns grays and yellows by this artist. Similar in style and colors to a work by him in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, painted in 1957 and which is titled: "DEMATERIALIZATION".The present work is undated on the piece itself, but likely dates from that period considering the style, composition, colors, and the ANCOBILT - ANCO, INC. Stretcher bars which are original to the painting. No damage to the paint or canvas. The painting could use a light cleaning, but displays nicely in the meantime. The frame is modern and has some light wear and a few scratches. An American artist and teacher whose works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He was born in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1904, was raised in Reno, Nevada and eventually entered the University of Nevada to study architecture. In 1924, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue his studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Discovering that he had arrived mid-term at the university, he enrolled in a few classes at the California College of Arts and Crafts and thereafter abandoned architectural studies. He graduated from the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco Art Institute). Cunningham, known for his manipulation of color, was elected president of the San Francisco chapter of the Artists Congress in 1936.
That same year, he was appointed supervisor of mural painting for Northern California under the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (WPA-FAP). He was one of twenty-six artists selected for the WPA Mural Project at Coit Tower in San Francisco. When the project was completed, he served as an assistant director for the Northern California Art Project. In 1939, he went to Paris to study but was forced by the war to return after only six months.
In 1940, he was one of twenty artists selected to create an original print for the Contemporary Graphics series published by the San Francisco Chronicle. He moved to New York in 1944 and later taught art classes at Newark School of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. WORKS HELD : Museum of Modern Art, NYC (MOMA); Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Brooklyn Museum, NYC. Smithsonian National Museum of Art, Washington DC.San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Exhibited: Beaux Arts Gallery, San Francisco, 1931 (solo); Art Center Gallery, 1932-34; Oakland Art Gallery (Oakland Museum) 1934; Directions in American Painting, Carnegie Institute, 1941; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1965; The Responsive Eye, MOMA, NYC, 1965; Highlights of the Season, Aldrich Museum, Conn, 1966; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1968.. This piece will be a quality addition to any collection of American Art Pottery and will display beautifully in any decor: Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Americana, Folk Art, Presidential, Eames Era, Shabby Chic, or Contemporary. This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment. The item "Benjamin Frazier Cunningham Large Abstract Expressionist Oil on Canvas 1950's" is in sale since Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "antiques-art" and is located in Ben Lomond, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.