John Robert Willer (American, 20th Century) and Don E. Chapman (American b. 1949) oil on canvas painting titled "70% Chance," depicting a young boy holding a white cat while sitting on the roof of a yellow car, with an oversized gear and its semi-translucent mirror image superimposed against the landscape and clouded sky background. Signed "Chapman & Willer Ltd." lower right on gear. Label en verso for Mid-South Exhibition of Paintings 1973, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Housed in a wooden frame. Sight – 89 1/2" H x 71 1/2" W. Framed – 90" H x 72" W. Third quarter 20th century. Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Biography (from artist's website): John Willer was born in Rochester, New York in 1946. He earned his B.F.A. in painting from the Memphis College of Art. He has won several awards and his work can be found in collections all over the world, including the collection of Alice Walton. He is one of the founding members of the White Street Studio Walk that occurs during the annual Eureka Springs May Fine Arts Festival. His work has been represented by many galleries. He paints with the Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs on a regular basis. Note: the first annual Mid-South Exhibition was held at the Brooks in 1956, a tradition that continued for the next 17 years and included purchase prizes to help bring regional art into the collection. Jurors included artists such as Wil Barnet and Jack Levine as well as museum directors from institutions such as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Walker Art Center. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Painting in frame but has not been strung for hanging due to size.
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