George Ayers Cress (Alabama/Tennessee, 1921-2008) oil on board abstract painting titled "City Shadows" depicting a cityscape with church and steeple at left. Signed and dated "George Cress 1955" lower right. Titled with exhibition label en verso. Housed in a rustic painted wood frame. Sight – 22" H x 11 1/4" W. Framed – 29" H x 18 1/4" W. Provenance: Exhibited in the "George Cress: Twenty Years" Retrospective Tour in 1971-1972. Exhibit catalog included with the lot. Biography (from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 2: "Landscape and Genre Painting in Tennessee 1810-1985"): "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 and 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". CONDITION: Excellent condition with 1" diagonal accretion on right side.
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