Large George Ayers Cress (Alabama/Tennessee, 1921-2008) polymer on canvas mountain landscape painting titled "Beyond The Ridge" rendered in shades of blue, pink, lavender, and green. Signed and dated "George Cress 1968" lower right. Titled and additionally signed, en verso. Housed in a wooden frame with linen liner. Sight: 31 1/2" H x 35 1/2" W. Framed: 35 1/4" H x 39 1/2" W. American, third quarter 20th century. 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").
Painting overall very good condition. Linen liner with light grime.