Modernist Still Life
Richard Gentry Ayer
Richard Gentry Ayer (California, 1909-1967) was an American modernist artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ayer was born in San Bernardino, CA, spent some of his youth in Utah before moving to Fort Bragg, CA in 1924. Ayer studied art at College on Marin, San Rafael, CA, California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and worked with the WPA before serving time in the US Armed Forces during WWII. After the war Ayer returned to San Francisco and continued his studies at California School of Fine Arts. Ayer was a member of the San Francisco Artists Association and showed his works in the annual exhibtions in 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960. Ayer was given a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940.
This work is a modernist still life oil painting created in the 1930s-1940s and comes from the artist’s estate.
Oil in artist’s board
Measures 14.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″ overall including framing.
Provenance: from the artist’s estate