elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

David Carr: A Pop Artist

David Carr was born in 1968 and studied art from an early age. At thirteen he won a top scholarship to Repton School in Derbyshire where he studied under private tutors from The Royal Academy, The Slade School and Wimbledon College of Art.

While at Repton he won several local competitions and was part of a group show in the city. He then studied for a Diploma at West Surrey College of Art and Design before leaving art to work in the music business.

"Embrace" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Back1" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Boy" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Stretch 2" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Armout1" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Bend" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Stride" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Martins Back" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

"Stephen J" by David Carr (Oil Painting)

During that time he has designed or painted several record sleeves, posters, flyers and promotional items for a variety of recording artists.

However, he never stopped painting and in 2006, following considerable success in the music industry, he semi-retired and took up painting seriously again. David has sold paintings privately and successfully for the last two years specializing in studies of the male form painted exclusively in black and white oil set against a colour background, taking his influences from the photographic styles of the 40s and 50s but using contemporary models and poses. He is very influenced by pop artists Peter Blake, David Hockney and the prints of Andy Warhol. His earlier work often used multicoloured backgrounds, but his more recent and accomplished pictures are made all the more arresting by the use of a single, un-patterned, colour that offers no sense of distance or perspective.

His figures occupy a void; sometimes taking over the canvas, sometimes only just intruding onto it, but their realistic, almost photographic, treatment and his use of light to carve the figure from the canvas draw the eye into each work and can’t help but captivate the viewer.

Tags: art

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