Fletcher Benton is a contemporary American artist best known for his kinetic sculptures. Throughout his oeuvre, Benton plays with shapes, lines, balance, and movement to create gravity-defying sculptures of all sizes, as well as abstract geometric works on paper. Initially working as a sign painter, he increasingly felt limited by two-dimensional painting, driving him towards his current practice of making sculptures with moving parts. He began his celebrated Alphabet series—comprised of 26 large-scale steel sculptures of the letters of the alphabet—in the 1970s. More recently, Benton has transitioned into using more traditional materials like bronze and steel for his large abstract works. Born on February 25, 1931 in Jackson, OH, Benton received his formal training at Miami University in Oxford, OH.