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Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

American, 1904-2000

Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of national artistic success that was nearly unprecedented among Cleveland School artists of his day, with representation by major New York dealers, scores of awards and solo exhibits, and streams of praise flowing from pens of the top art critics. Over the course of his 60+ year career Carter evolved from an exceptionally fine American Scene painter capable of evoking deep reservoirs of mood, into an abstractionist with a strongly surrealist bent.

While his two bodies of work seem at first to be worlds apart, owing to their different formal vocabularies, they, in fact, explore virtually the same subject: the nexus between life and death and the transition from earth to spirit. The early work finds its expressive power through specific people, events, and landscapes—most of which are drawn from his experiences growing up in the river town of Portsmouth, Ohio—while the later work from the 1960s on evokes potent states of being through pure flat shape, color and form that read as universals. As his primary form he adopted the ovoid or egg shape, endowing it with varying degrees of transparency. Alone or in multiples, the egg moves through Carter’s landscapes and architectural settings like a sentient spirit on a restless quest.

Born and raised in southern Ohio along the banks of the mercurial Ohio River and its treacherous floods, Carter developed a love of drawing as a child, and was encouraged by both his parents. He was self-directed, found inspiration all around him, and was strongly encouraged by the fact that his teenage work consistently captured art prizes in county and state fairs. Carter studied at the Cleveland School of Art from 1923-27, where he trained under painters Henry Keller, Frank Wilcox and Paul Travis.

Returning to Cleveland in 1929, Carter had his first solo show, and through Milliken taught studio classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1930-37. In 1938, he moved to Pittsburgh to teach at the Carnegie Institute of Technology until 1944. Carter’s American Scene paintings of the ’30s and ’40s, which launched his artistic star, are the works for which the artist remains best known.

During and immediately after World War II, Clarence Carter realized his attraction to bold pattern, dramatic perspective and eye-catching hard-edged design was a poor fit with the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism. Fortunately, these same hallmarks of his style were prized within the realm of commercial art.

Around 1964 Carter acknowledged a need to break from the confines of representational painting. Once Carter had found a potent symbol in the egg, he used it to create an astounding body of imagery for the rest of his life. Among the most ambitious of all his later paintings were his Transections, a theological term meaning to cross, specifically between life and death.

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Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter
Green Mandala, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Green Mandala Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint on Scintilla paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size:...
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1970s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

"Concentric Space (Silver)", Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Concentric Space (Silver) Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen on foil paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 50 Image...
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1960s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Foil

Pilgrimage #4
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Pilgrimage #4 Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 26 in. x 34 in. (6...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Highway, Pop Art Screenprint
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Highway Year: 1979 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Image Size: 30 x 22 inches Paper Si...
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1970s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Medieval Heads, mid-century figural surrealist acrylic painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Medieval Heads, 1966 Acrylic on scintilla Signed and dated upper right 23.5 x 30 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of n...
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1960s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

The Way Out, figural abstract vibrant orange geometric acrylic painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) The Way Out, 1992 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated upper right 24 x 30 inches Figural abstract vibrant orange geometric painting. C...
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1990s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Burning Bush
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Burning Bush Year: 1978 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Paper Size: 40 x 25.75 i...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

The Gold Coast, Mid-Century Pastel Pink & Green Painting of Ovoid, Miami
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) The Gold Coast, 1979 Collage and acrylic on scintilla Signed and dated lower right 22 x 30 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a...
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1970s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Air Chamber, Mid-Century Figural Abstract Collage, Anatomy & Ovoids
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Air Chamber, 1965 Collage, graphite and gouache on paper Signed and dated upper left 30 x 22 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved ...
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1960s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Gouache, Graphite

Expanding Mandala, Black and Orange Abstract Oval Mid-Century Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Expanding Mandala, c. 1970s Acrylic on scintilla 23 x 30 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of national artistic success...
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1970s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Icon Mandala, Mid-Century Figural Abstract Black, Red & White Oval Face Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Icon Mandala, 1967 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated lower right 30 x 22 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of national ...
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1960s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Rainbow Mandala, Mid Century Abstract Red and Yellow Acrylic Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Rainbow Mandala, 1983 Acrylic on scintilla Signed and dated lower right 30 x 22 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of na...
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1980s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Mandala No. 5, Blue Abstract Ovoid Mid-Century Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Mandala No. 5, 1968 Acrylic on scintilla Signed on verso 29.5 x 22 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of national artist...
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1960s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Green and Red Mandala, Abstract Oval Painting by Ohio Artist Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Green and Red Mandala, 1969 Acrylic on scintilla Signed and dated lower right 24.75 x 18 inches Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a l...
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1960s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

In and Out, mid-century figural abstract vibrant yellow geometric painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) In and Out, 1963 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated lower right 22 x 30 inches Figural abstract vibrant yellow geometric painting. Cl...
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1960s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Eschatos #23, Surreal Landscape by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Eschatos 23 Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 25.5 in. x 36 in. (6...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Homestead, Lithograph by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Homestead Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Size: 23 in. x 29 in. (58....
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1970s American Realist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Lithograph

Dichotomy, mid-century figural abstract green oil painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Dichotomy, 1962 Oil on paper Signed and dated upper left 20 x 25 inches Mid-century figural abstract green painting of woman swimming ...
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1960s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Oil

Torso No. 5, Mid-Century Figural Abstract Acrylic Painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Torso No. 5, 1967 Acrylic on paper Signed and dated upper right 25 x 20 inches A mid-century figural abstract painting. Clarence Hol...
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1960s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Brown Mandala, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Brown Mandala Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen on Scintilla paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size: ...
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1960s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Chimeras, mid-century figural abstract blue acrylic painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Chimeras, 1974 Acrylic and pastel on textured paper Mid-century figural abstract blue acrylic painting Clarence Holbrook Carter achieved a level of national artistic success that w...
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1970s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic, Pastel

Neon Ovoids, Mid-Century Abstract neon orange, green, pink acrylic painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Neon Ovoids, c. 1960s Acrylic on paper 9 x 12 inches Mid-Century Abstract neon orange, green, pink acrylic painting. Clarence Holbroo...
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1960s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Reverberations, mid-century abstract surrealist black acrylic painting
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Reverberations, 1970 Acrylic on illustration board Signed lower left 20 x 30 inches Mid-century abstract surrealist black acrylic pain...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Acrylic

Yellow Mandala, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Yellow Mandala Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint on Scintilla paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 65 Paper S...
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1970s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Yellow Calla Lily
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in New York, NY
In his long and productive career, Clarence Holbrook Carter followed an independent course. He incorporated an unlikely mixture of stylistic influences, drawing from such disparate s...
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Early 20th Century American Realist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Canvas, Oil

Blue and Red Space
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed and dated lower right; editioned lower left Edition: 75 Sheet: 22 1/8 x 29 7/8" Image: 21-7/8 x 29-5/8"
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1970s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Transection I, Silkscreen by Clarence Carter 1971
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Transection I Year: 1971 Medium: Screenprint on Scintilla paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size:...
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1970s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Transection No. 7, Large Painting by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 1998) Title: Transection No. 7 Year: 1970 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed verso Size: 77 in. x 75.5 in. (195.58 cm x 191.77 c...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Oil

Chrysanthemums and Tiger Lilies
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Chrysanthemums and Tiger Lilies Signed and dated lower left (twice), see photo Watercolor on paper, 1935 A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrys...
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1930s Realist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Watercolor

Colorful Geometric Abstract, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter 1971
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Untitled - Faces in a Grid (Red) Year: 1971 Medium: Screenprint on Scintilla paper, Signed and numbered in pencil Edit...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Eschatos #18, Surreal Landscape by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Eschatos 18 Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Image Size: 22 x 29.5 inch...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Mandalas, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter 1973
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Untitled (Mandalas in a Grid) Year: 1973 Medium: Silkscreen on Scintilla paper, Signed and numbered in pencil Edition:...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Red Mandala, OP Art Silkscreen by Clarence Carter 1969
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Red Mandala Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen on Japon, Signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size: 30 in. x 22 ...
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1960s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Joseph and His Brothers, Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Joseph and his Brothers Year: 1971 Medium: Screenprint on Scintilla paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 P...
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1970s Abstract Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Pipeline
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
A watercolor painting by Clarence Holbrook Carter from 1955. Carter's modernist style utilizes strong structural lines and architectural aesthetics to form almost surreal-like scenes...
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1950s Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Paper, Gouache

Balancing Act
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Balancing Act Year: 1976 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Paper Size: 35 x 26 inches
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

House Key, 1956 Watercolor by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
A watercolor painting by Clarence Holbrook Carter from 1956. Carter's modernist style utilizes strong structural lines and architectural aesthetics to form almost surreal-like scenes...
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1950s Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Watercolor

Oil Well, Modern American Painting by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
An acrylic painting by Clarence Holbrook Carter from 1979. Carter's modernist style utilizes strong structural lines and architectural aesthetics to form almost surreal-like scenes. ...
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1970s Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Eschatos #21
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Eschatos 21 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 23 in. x 29 in. (58.42 cm x 73....
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

National City Bank of New York, 55 Wall Street, Painting by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
A watercolor painting by Clarence Holbrook Carter circa 1950. Carter's modernist style utilizes strong structural lines and architectural aesthetics to form almost surreal-like scene...
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1950s Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Paper, Watercolor

The Watcher
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: The Watcher Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 33 in. x 26 in. (83....
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Tulip
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Tulip Year: 1978 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Paper Size: 35 x 25.75 inches
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Eschantos 31
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Eschantos 31 Year: 1978 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 26 in. x 33.5 in. (...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Villa by The Sea
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Arches Year: 1979 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 35 in. x 26 in. (88.9 cm ...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Pilgrimage #6
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Pilgrimage #6 Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 26 in. x 34 in. (6...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Fiery Furnace
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Fiery Furnace Year: 1978 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Paper Size: 35 x 26 inc...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Eschatos #28, Surreal Landscape Serigraph by Clarence Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Eschatos 28 Year: 1977 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 26 in. x 34 in. (66....
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Clowns Making Up
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Clowns Making Up Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Image Size: 19 x 23....
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1970s Contemporary Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Lithograph

"Concentric Space (White)", Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Concentric Space (White) Year: 1969 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 50 Size: 29 x 22 inches
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1960s Op Art Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

Abstract Tulip, 1979 by Clarence Holbrook Carter
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Abstract Tulip Year: 1979 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Paper Size: 35 x 26 inches (88...
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1970s Surrealist Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Screen

On the Great Lakes
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
A watercolor painting by Clarence Holbrook Carter from 1953. Carter's modernist style utilizes strong structural lines and architectural aesthetics to form almost surreal-like scenes...
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1950s Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Carousel by the Sea
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Carousel Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, 30 AP Size: 26 in. x 31.5 in. (66....
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1970s American Modern Clarence Holbrook Carter Art

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Lithograph

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