An Englishman at home abroad

March 15, 1996 § Leave a comment

David Carr's paintings on view at the Archbishop's Mansion in San Francisco.

When English landscape artist David Carr walked up Scott Street onto the asphalt paths of San Francisco’s Alamo Square for the first time, the vast urban panorama he beheld through the willows and towering evergreen trees filled him with a sense of excitement and anticipation.

“This is my place,” he thought to himself. “All around me there are such marvelous things to paint.”

Born in Yorkshire in the northeastern part of England, Carr believes it was his experiences growing up surrounded by a spectacular rugged coast, and, inland, by wide expanses of heather-covered moors and small green valleys, that gave him his appreciation for beautiful landscape.

In the 1960s he went to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he won a scholarship for further study at the British School in Rome. In addition, while still a student, he was asked to exhibit with the London Group, an exhibiting society representing the best in British art. The London Group, founded in 1913, has counted among its membership most well-known British artists, including Henry Moore, David Hockney and Lucian Freud. Carr was elected to the group in the 1980s.

Since marrying a San Franciscan in 1992, Carr has divided his time between London and San Francisco. His paintings of Alamo Square were presented by the gallery at a special exhibition at the Archbishop’s Mansion on Alamo Square in 1995.

— WINSTON MONTGOMERY

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