Cover Man and Machine IV 1952 David Carr



David Carr (1915-1968)  is one of the most neglected figures of twentieth-century British art. Born into a wealthy family, he abandoned working in his father's business and after reading history at Oxford studied painting at the East Anglian School of Art, run by Cedric Morris and Lett-Haines. A discerning collector, he formed a close friendship with L. S. Lowry after buying one of his paintings. Throughout the forties he painted some striking portraits of Irish women, fishermen and fisherwomen in Lowestoft as well as friends, family and himself. Stark and severe, many of these paintings have a disturbing quality which is often heightened by a masterful handling of the still life frequently located in the foreground.


His friendship with the two Roberts, MacBryde and Colquhoun, in particular the latter, led to a change in his style, and throughout the fifties he painted a series of remarkable canvases in which he explored one of the twentieth-century's dominant themes, the uneasy relationship between man and machine. A private man and a perfectionist by nature, David Carr painted in relative isolation. A gifted painter of considerable stature who tragically, was to die of cancer in 1968, one year before an important exhibition at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery in New York.


David Carr The Discovery of an Artist Bryan Robertson 1987