“Art is exploration, a subjective discovery.” - Tom Benton
Benton created a number of limited edition fine art prints in the 1960s and 1970s using abstract forms and organic themes. He drew upon his career as an architect, the strong influence of Eastern art, and artists such as Mark Rothko and Katsushika Hokusai. Benton incorporated Eastern symbols including calligraphy, sunsets and spirals. A solitary dove also became an integral element in Benton’s art, symbolizing peace and the spirit of man.
Benton’s frequent use of the circle was a natural progression from his study of Eastern art. The circle, with its implied perfection, became a consistent element in his later work. He also incorporated natural forms such as waves and mountains as well as geometric shapes to add depth and dimension to his art.
These works include large, abstract prints measuring up to three feet by three feet with complex designs and layered colors. Benton frequently printed designs in one color and then reused the silkscreen with a lighter, more translucent ink to create a faded, layered effect. He created these early silkscreen prints in limited editions of ten to forty-four.
Benton avoided lengthy descriptions or interpretations of his abstract work. “There are no hidden meanings,” he once told a reporter. “I know art is often what other people bring to it. It’s a take-off for their own psychobabble. I don’t particularly want to hear it.”