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"Jill Benjamin" (American 1924-Present) Oil On Masonite Panel / "Hampstead Heath" 21" x 24"/ Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 4 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    Here's another painting that I had been admiring at our shop. It was in my friend Katie's booth and sadly she is leaving us after many years. So she has some great deals going on to help clear out her inventory. The artist is Jill Benjamin. Very little in the way of a bio online although one of my art data bases I have bookmarked does list her. It shows only her birth year so she may still be alive at 92 ! No auction records either just a signature example that you'd have to pay for to view. The title is "Hampstead Heath" and it's painted on a 21" x 24" panel of primed Masonite. There's a very simple lathe frame around the outside. Luckily a label has survived from the dust paper on the back. It shows a previous owner or gallery, the artist's name and the title, along with some mysterious numbers and even the original price. Hampstead Heath is a famous park in London. The painting shows a rather forlorn dog sitting by one of the park gates. I love the muted fall colors and the impressionist style. I hope to find out more about the artist but so far the sparse information only adds more to the mystery. -Mike-

    Note: 9/30/2016 I came across a drypoint etching by Jill Benjamin that was personally gifted to the Cleveland Art Museum by the artist in 1998 although it is not on display. It's a landscape entitled "Parc Monceau" Circa 1992. (http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1998.146) Still nothing in their catalog or reference library about the artist herself. Although the distinctive double "L"'s in her signature on the etching match the ones on this painting perfectly. Quite the mystery woman. -Mike-

    Update : 9/30/2016
    There was a link to "ask an expert" at "The Cleveland Museum of Art" on their site so I did and viola' I was sent copies of press clippings that were in the Ingall's library from her showings. Born in New York she moved to Ohio where most of her exhibits took place from the mid to late 60's. A UCLA graduate she also attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and now lives in Beachwood Ohio. -Mike-

    Hampstead Heath
    Coutesy of Wikipedia

    Hampstead Heath (locally known as "the Heath") is a large, ancient London park, covering 320 hectares (790 acres).This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in London, running from Hampstead to Highgate, which rests on a band of London Clay. The Heath is rambling and hilly, embracing ponds, recent and ancient woodlands, a lido, playgrounds, and a training track, and it adjoins the stately home of Kenwood House and its grounds. The south-east part of the Heath is Parliament Hill, from which the view over London is protected by law.
    Running along its eastern perimeter are a chain of ponds – including three open-air public swimming pools – which were originally reservoirs for drinking water from the River Fleet. The Heath is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, and part of Kenwood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Lakeside concerts are held there in summer. The Heath is managed by the City of London Corporation, and lies mostly within the London Borough of Camden with the adjoining Hampstead Heath Extension and Golders Hill Park in the London Borough of Barnet.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      It's a lovely scene, beautifully painted.
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the "loves" and compliments Roy and Karen. :)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Alan for the"love" and compliment. I shall do that. You are now in my address book my friend. -Mike- :)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Lovely painting!
      The Parc Monceau view reminds me of my childhood... It was the park my mother took me to play!!!
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thank you Kyra :)....so cool you recognize the park in the dry point etching. I'm quite surprised she isn't in any artist's data bases. Her last showing was in 2005 so she would have been in her late 70's early 80's at the time.
    6. Collectomaniac Collectomaniac, 4 years ago
      I like this artists style. She seems to paint and draw in a 'blurry memory' form, and is true to her artwork as she remembers the moments. Her works don't seem over-done to give the viewer firm recounting details from her memory suggesting a very human element in her art.
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much Collecto...I agree. I'd love to see some of her other works. The clippings that the museum sent me are from old newspaper articles and not very clear or in color. :)
    8. macey, 4 years ago
      Hi there i live in the uk and love the work of jill benjamin i myself own 3 pieces of her work.i love the hampstead heath work i live 4 miles from the heath,but also cant find much info on her.
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Hi Macey...I can sent you the press clippings from her showings that the Ingall's library sent me if you'd like. My email is mikelv85@yahoo.com
    10. sk1symphony, 4 years ago
      Hello, Mike. I know this was posted a while ago but I just found it and had to comment. The artist, Jill Benjamin, is actually my grandmother. I was so happy to find this as there really is not a lot of data out there about her work. I've never seen this particular painting, but I've been spoiled by having many of her works hanging in my home growing up; she keeps many of her own personal paintings hanging in her home that I've seen too. She is still alive at 92, and actually lives in Paris, France, where she's lived for at least over 40 years. If you have any questions I could try to answer them for you. I'm just so glad to see people appreciating her work, and want to thank you for recognizing her!
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Hi sk1symphony...I'm so glad that you found my post and equally glad to hear your talented grandmother is well and living in Paris..how wonderful ! CW is a great site and I've had pieces that I've posted years ago receive comments from family members after seeing them online. It's always fun to just spontaneously solve a mystery or fill in the blanks with new information that they provide. I do have the PDF file of your grandmothers press clipping that the museum sent me. I be happy to send you a copy if you'd like. Just add @yahoo.com to my CW user name if you'd like to get in touch. Thanks so much for the comment and the info you provided. It was a pleasant surprise. -Mike-

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