Chicago based Artist, Mary Stengel Bentley, was born in Nashville, TN. She holds a B.F.A from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mary's artwork focuses on geometric abstraction. She is motivated by the discovery of random connections and creating balance between unlikely pairs. Mary is particularly interested in maps, patterns and the process behind creating artwork. Approaching each piece with a set of rules, she builds her compositions sequentially, relying on intuition to dictate her choices. Her paintings and drawings are influenced by the landscape, people and architecture of Nashville, Austin, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Chicago; all cities she has lived in for extensive periods of time.
Mary's work has been exhibited nationally, with highlights including the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA and the TX Biennial at Women and Their Work, Austin, TX. Her work has been acquired by Capital One, Lululemon and various private collectors.