Wilder Bentley II Biography

Wilder Bentley II

American

1928-

Biography

Printmaker, painter, and craftsman Wilder Mayo Bentley (known also as Wilder Bentley the Younger) was born in 1928 in Oklahoma City. He began his artistic pursuits early on, illustrating broadsides distributed annually by his father Harvey Wilder Bentley (a printer and printshop owner), before age ten, and learning typesetting from him in his young adulthood.
 
In 1959 in San Francisco, Bentley set up the Bread & Wine press where he published four pamphlets of poetry by various authors, and went on to exhibit his work throughout the west. Thus far he has created many folios of his art in a variety of media, including engravings in wood and copper, watercolors, and digital works. Among these are included the works “Oiomai, a Prophesy” (1965), “Adrift in Valueland, Vol. I: The Triumph of the Antichrist” (1970), “Native Funk and Flash” (1976-77), which would be included in a traveling group show that went to museums throughout the southwest; and “Storm's Fury” (2007).
 
Education: Received A.B. at Univeristy of California, Berkeley, 1951; studied at University of Perugia, Italy, 1952 – 1953. Private study with Chiura Obata, 1940 – 1965; worked with and was mentored by father Harvey Wilder Bentley at Archetype Press, Berkeley.
 
Exhibited at  Sonoma State University (CA), UC Santa Cruz, Mills College (CA), UCLA, and New Mexico State Library, among others, and his work is included in the collections of the Rosicrucian Library, San Jose, the UCLA rare books collection, the New York Public Library and the Bancroft Library (CA), among other. He currently lives in Sonoma County, California, where he continues to work on his art.