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Jeffrey Carr




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I create my paintings in a small studio where I live in Spring Valley, California, on a property that I grew up on. From my house, I see wonderful views of the southern California landscape. There’s a hint of the ocean and of the desert where I live, and there’s light unlike any other; sometimes pale yellow, sometimes russet, sometimes slate grey. What does it mean for me to be painting the landscape I grew up looking at? My landscapes are based on a memory, a mood, an aspiration, and a dream. I can’t really paint what I see, because what I see constantly changes. Instead, I paint an ideal; the way all painting exists as temporary manifestations of an ideal. When I paint the landscape, I am actually just painting myself; myself as an experience of the light, color, and space I sense around me. I paint my experience of being alive to the presence within a place.
I retired to San Diego in 2015 after a long career as an artist and a college art professor in the midwest and on the east coast. From 2002 until 2014, I was the Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. I had previously taught painting and drawing at a number of colleges and universities; including St. Mary's College of Maryland; the Hope School of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington; Fontbonne University, and the Herron School of Art at IUPUI. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, attended the New York Studio School in the mid-seventies, and received my MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 1979. I have had a number of significant solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. and have been a visiting critic at many art schools and universities.

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