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Carl R. Bentley
(1941-    )

Carl Bentley has been both an artist and a mineral collector since childhood. He picked up specimens only casually in his early years, but had become a serious mineral collector by the age of 13. Eventually his whole family became involved, including his younger brother, the late Ron Bentley. In fact, Carl often used to purchase mineral specimens from the Schortmann Brothers, whose mineral business was taken over in later years by Ron. Carl earned his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Michigan Tech in 1969, where he studied mineralogy under Kiril Spiroff, but had also retained his love of art, having worked as a cartoonist for the base newspaper while he was in the Air Force in the late 1960's. In 1971 he hired on as a graphic designer and commercial artist for a Connecticut advertising agency, eventually working his way up to Art Director over the next 14 years, and later also worked as a graphic artist for a local utility company. Carl has thus far produced six of a planned series of twelve artworks to be issued in a hand-colored, signed and numbered edition of 150 copies each. The depictions show a mineral specimen in the foreground and a mining scene at the locality in the background; the black outlines are printed on art paper and then individually colored with watercolor.

Carl may be contacted at his home. 30 Filley Street, Bloomfield, CT 06002 (e-mail: kwom@snet.net).

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1989) Of mines and men: a look at art that depicts mining. Rocks & Minerals, 64 (6), 476-495.

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Number of artworks found: 6 | Artworks being viewed: 1 to 6

The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Red Cloud Wulfenite Red Cloud Wulfenite
Composite specimen based on three thumbnail crystals , from the Red Cloud mine, La Paz County, Arizona; the Red Cloud mine area and the now-gone “Wulfenite is Love” building are shown in the background. Undated (1985). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Specimen: collection of Carl Bentley. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection; copyright 1985 Carl Bentley.
The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Tsumeb Dioptase Tsumeb Dioptase
Composite specimen, from the Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia; the Tsumeb headframe is shown in the background. Undated (1986). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection (inscribed “Wendell, with many thanks, Carl.”). Copyright 1986 Carl Bentley.
The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Bisbee Azurite on Malachite Bisbee Azurite on Malachite
11 cm, from Bisbee, Arizona; the Copper Queen mine “glory hole” at Bisbee is shown in the background. Undated (1986). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Specimen: collection of Carl Bentley. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection. Copyright 1986 Carl Bentley.
The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Copper in Calcite Copper in Calcite
6.5 cm, from the Quincy mine, Hancock, Michigan; the Quincy #2 headframe is shown in the background. Undated (1987). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Specimen: collection of Carl Bentley. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection. Copyright 1987 Carl Bentley.
The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Himalaya Tourmaline Himalaya Tourmaline
Composite specimen, from the Himalaya mine (pictured in the background), San Diego County, California. Undated (1989). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection. Copyright 1989 Carl Bentley.
The Mineralogical Record: Carl R. Bentley - Ojuela Purple Adamite Ojuela Purple Adamite
Composite specimen, from the Ojuela mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico; the famous Roebling suspension bridge at the mine site is shown in the background. Undated (1990). Watercolor over printed outlines on heavy paper, 11 x 14 inches, signed and numbered 1 of 150. Painting: Wendell Wilson collection. Copyright 1990 Carl Bentley.
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