Howard Mehring is best known for his hard-edged geometrical color field paintings and screenprints. But he first proved his worth as a painter in far more abstract expressionist work.
This composition in Gray, White, Red, and Bronze is one of the very few of Mehring’s early works which remain extant. An impasto oil on panel, it is expressionist and chaotic.
Oil on Masonite, Impasto
Professionally framed in a black and silver painted wood frame with a black cloth-wrapped liner.
Good condition. Craquelure throughout but showing neither losses nor looseness nor separation of paint from the board.
28.5 in. (h) × 28.5 in. (w) x 2 in. (d)
22 in. (h) × 22 in. (w)
From the Estate of Washington Color School painter James F. Hilleary, a close friend of the artist, by gift from the artist.
Exhibited at Marin-Price Gallery, 2014