In 2017 bengston was the focus of the major retrospective california dreaming ed moses billy al bengston ed ruscha at the new britain museum of american art in connecticut he has received grants from the national endowment for the arts 1967 the tamarind lithography workshop 1968 1982 1987 and the john simon guggenheim memorial . Billy al bengston is a contemporary american artist perhaps best known for his radical use of the aesthetics of californian kustom kar and motorcycle culture of the late 1950s working in both painting and sculpture his psychedelically colorful works feature mandala like shapes with imagery derived from symbols chevrons and iris flowers. Billy al bengston enrolls at the los angeles county art institute now otis college of art and design and studies with peter voulkos but leaves after a year 1957 billy al bengston is part of a group exhibition at the ferus gallery . Billy al bengston on his bsa victor in the ballona wetlands marina del rey california 1966 billy al bengston in the late 1940s bengstons family shed its kansas skin for a new life in southern california where billy al would shape pop art while racing motorcycles surfing and riding his bicycle around venice
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