Art Brokerage: Elton Bennett (1910-1974) grew up in Hoquiam in the Grays Harbor region of the Washington Coast, where mill work, fishing and dredging are common occupations, and Bennett himself knew many years of firsthand experience at them. He chose silkscreen printing for his medium because it allowed so many possibilities for manipulating compositions. Bennett didn't like the idea of creating a work only one person might see, or that could not be changed once 'completed.' Bennett would always use a great number of screens and colors in infinite combinations so that each finished serigraph was a unique work of art. Elton Bennett serigraphs depict the Pacific Northwest coastal environment and give glimpses of the working lives of the people the artist knew and worked with all his life. These works have steadily gained recognition over the years. The artist died in 1974 in a tragic airplane crash.
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