Due to its age there is some slight stretcher bar marks (see image). I consider these a testament to the paintings honest history! Unframed the painting measures 24" in width x 30" in height and together with the vintage wooden frame it measures 30" x 36".
The frame is in good vintage condition with some minor surface abrasions consistent with its age. As for the artist, Howard John Besnia was born on January 24, 1921 in Worcester, Massachusetts.He was an Army veteran of World War II, and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Clark University in Worcester and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University. He lived most of his adult life at his hilltop home/studio that he built in Sterling, Massachusetts in the early 1950's. He referred to his homestead as the "Skycrest". He was known as a skilled artist and teacher. Among his many talents, he was a portrait painter, sculptor, photographer, graphic artist and bookmaker. His work was exhibited regionally and records indicate his paintings were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. However, it seems Besnia was more concerned with teaching others that seeking attention for his own art. One of his passions was printmaking, and his studio included a variety of historic lithography, letterpress and etching presses. He founded Scarab Press, publishing his own prints and art books and worked with regional artists to produce editions on his presses.
He designed and published five fine art books in 6 years, one of which was an award winner at the New England Book Show. He even sketched the stars from his own observatory. He taught art for over 60 years, beginning at Auburn High School and ending with decades of service at Fitchburg State College. Upon his retirement, he continued to teach classes from his home studio. Skycrest included several rooms devoted to art production, including a large classroom where Professor Besnia taught painting and lithography to hundreds of students.
Howard John Besnia passed away in 2014. The Biographical information is courtesy of Bruce Wood and the the Woodshed Gallery. Judge for yourself from all the detailed images provided. Please take a moment to browse the several pages of.The item "Vintage 1948 Mid-Century Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting Signed Dated" is in sale since Thursday, May 31, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "auntiegmg" and is located in Johnston, Rhode Island.
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