Two (2) Olen Bryant (Tennessee, 1927-2017) carved walnut sculptures. 1st item: Figured walnut carving of an elongated horizontal face, with brass and black metal detail along the sides and glass eyes and fitted with hardware for hanging en verso. Pencil signed and dated "O. Bryant 2001" en verso. 12" H x 24 1/2" W. 2nd item: Figured walnut sculpture depicting an abstract face and torso on a wood pedestal. Unsigned but tag on base identifies piece as an Olen Bryant piece. 15 3/8" H x 5 1/2" H. 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Born in Cookeville, TN, Bryant was a 1950 graduate of Murray State University and a 1954 graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He additionally studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Institute in the Visual Arts in American Culture at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum in 1967. Bryant was a professor at Austin Peay State University from 1964 to 1991. Bryant's artwork is widely collected around the United States and is a part of several museum collections, including the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Tennessee State Museum of Art and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and his works have been displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and at the Governor's Mansion during the Phil Bredesen administration. He was a founding member of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (source: Nashville Fine Arts Magazine & The Leaf Chronicle). CONDITION: 1st item: Losses along the left mid margin, some minor wood shrinkage. Overall good condition. 2nd item: Overall good condition.
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