An absolutely gorgeous, original, abstract oil on canvas, by Estacien “Etta” J. Benjamin Cien (1924 – 2009). Signed Etta (lower right) listed artist and co-owner of Hillside House of Originals. A celebration of beautiful warm colors, mixed with orange, browns and tans creating geometric shapes. This original vintage work of art is an excellent example of abstract style from the 20th century. Impressive abstract painting that is very colorful and is quite striking, preserved in outstanding condition. The composition, application, and overall linear brushstrokes allow a balanced design of colors and shapes to emerge. This painting will add style to any mid-century Design house or art collection.
Condition Report: Fine with no visible damage or marks on painting surface. No punctures in the canvas.
Of the Period: Mid-Century Modern
Artist: Estacien “Etta” J. Benjamin Cien
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Attributes: Signed lower right Estacien “Etta” J. Benjamin Cien
Condition: Fine with no visible damage or marks on painting surface and no holes or puncture to the canvas.
Measurements: 42″ Tall X 50″ Wide X 1″ Deep
Etta Benjamin Cien (1924 – 2009), Oil on Canvas. Signed lower right. Etta Perkins was born July 11, 1924 in St. Louis, MO to Ida and Nat Perkins. In 1943, Etta graduated from Senn High School. Two years later, she met her future husband, LeRoy Benjamin on a blind date. Etta and LeRoy were married in 1946. Their lifelong adventure began with the creation of the nationally known “The LeRoy Brothers” marionette act during the vaudeville era (LeRoy and his marionettes, Etta, with the addition of Etta’s brother Earl Perkins). The LeRoy Brothers opened for Danny Thomas and such acts as Jimmy Durante, Louis Armstrong, etc. Danny Thomas always specifically requested that they opened for him stating that they “brought down the house.” Etta’s life blossomed with the birth of their beloved son, Gary, in 1953, and Hollywood would become the home of the Benjamin family. In Hollywood, Etta’s organizing and planning skills drove the success of their new business adventure “Hillside House of Originals” a framing store and art gallery. This adventure led to a whole line of their own artwork, created at their new art facility in Burbank along with Earl, Etta’s brother, with several major permanent showrooms nationwide such as the World Trade Center in Dallas and the Los Angeles Furniture Mart. Several years later when the industry changed, they decided to keep up with the times and created The Burbank Media Center where they rented editing rooms to various movie editors then ultimately B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television). After retirement, Etta continued to sing and entertain, even recording her own CD’s! The early friendship with the Thomas family led to Etta’s generous lifelong support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.