Large George Ayers Cress (American/Tennessee, 1921-2008) abstract expressionist oil on canvas painting rendered in shades of blue, green, and yellow. Signed and dated "George Cress 1973" lower right. Exhibited, The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, "George Cress: 50 Years of Painting" March 25-April 22, 1990. Exhibition label en verso. Housed in a contemporary thin giltwood frame. Sight: 52 1/4" H x 59 1/2" W. Framed: 53" H x 60 1/2" W. Biography: "George Cress was born in Anniston, Alabama and studied at Emory University, American University, and the University of Georgia, where he studied under fellow Southern contemporary artist Lamar Dodd. He was a central figure in Chattanooga's arts community and served as President of the Tennessee Arts Council. He sat on the board of the Hunter Museum of Art. From 1951-1984 he was painter in residence at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. The Cress Gallery of Art at UTC is named in his honor." (Source: The Tennessee Historical Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 2: "Landscape and Genre Painting in Tennessee 1810-1985").
A few areas of retouching visible under UV light inspection, largest 2" H x 3" L, center left side. A couple of small flake in lower left corner and lower center. Some light craquelure throughout.
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