The painted memories of Jerome Carlin

June 1, 1993 § 2 Comments

Jerome Carlin | Reflections (1972)

Jerome Carlin | Reflections (1972)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Art of California

Jerome Carlin’s autobiographical paintings are an exploration of memory and emotion. The source of Carlin’s series is a collection of family photographs dating from the 1930s and 1940s in Chicago.

“I came across quite a few family photographs my mother had carefully saved. I found them enthralling. There was somehing about the strong memories — the emotions that they brought back. Looking at the photographs I could remember the time, the place, the people. The color just came quite naturally — remembering it or the way it felt.”

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§ 2 Responses to The painted memories of Jerome Carlin

  • Kim frohsin says:

    Thanks Thomas I happen to be going through and documenting real family / self photos from the 1960-80’s now and coming across those from early 20 c. Who knows if such will be important to my own future art … Good stuff. Kimo

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  • mary says:

    I find that when I paint a family member, the love of my subject shines through the the painting.

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