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 Paul Twohig Carey  (1904 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: mod figure, landscape

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Born in Palo Alto, CA on Sept. 2, 1904, Carey began painting at age ten under the guidance of his neighbor, John Stanton.  He later studied at the CSFA where he was greatly influenced by Gertrude Albright.  At one time he shared a studio with Maurice Logan.  In 1945 he began teaching at the CCAC.

A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area, he lived in Piedmont until his demise on July 17, 2001.

Member: Bohemian Club; Thirteen Watercolorists.

Exh: SFAA, 1925-40; SFAA, 1930-40; Oakland Art Gallery, 1930-50; Calif. WC Society, 1944-46; East Bay AA, 1944; United Nations, 1945; CPLH, 1945, 1958; Holy Names College (Oakland), 2000 (retrospective). In: Oakland Museum.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; SF Chronicle, 7-21-2001 (obituary).
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Biography from Hauk Fine Arts:
Paul Carey was born in 1904 in Palo Alto, California. He began his formal education in painting at the age of 10 under the instruction of John Stanton, who taught at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco.  In 1924, he entered The California School of Fine Arts at the beginning of what would prove to be an exciting and important period of artistic activity in the San Francisco Bay Area.  At school, Carey saw his first Cezanne, a reproduction of Boy in a Red Vest, and soon after enrolled in a landscape class.  From then until now, Cezanne has been a major influence and inspiration for Carey.  During this time he began painting the local landscape with fellow students Jack Atherton and Ed Hagedorn.

In 1934, Carey joined a commercial art studio in San Francisco and eventually became its president.  In 1945, he also began teaching design at The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.  However, he never stopped painting the local landscape.  He painted with Society of Six artists Maurice Logan and Louis Siegriest in the 1930’s and with Lundy Siegriest and Terry St. John in the 1940’s. Into the 1990s Carey continued to paint the landscape throughout the Bay Area.  However, Carey’s work is not limited to one subject or one medium.  He has created landscapes, interiors, cityscapes, still lifes and figurative work in oil, acrylic, pastel, ink, watercolor, egg tempera, pen and pencil.  All of his work is characterized by strong composition and every medium seems charged with energy.  His colors are those of the San Francisco Bay Area: from bright, rich expressionist colors to the soft, quiet tones of the fog. 

Carey’s work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association Annuals (1930-40), the Oakland Art Gallery Annuals (1930-50), California Watercolor Society (1944-46), United Nations Invitational (1945),Winter Invitationals/California Palace of The Legion of Honor (1958-60), Smith Anderson Gallery in Palo Alto (1989), Campbell Gallery (1992) and Denenberg Gallery (1993) in San Francisco, among others.

He has taught art at the University of California Extension (1931-33) and the California College of Arts and Crafts (1945-58).  From 1965-66, he was an adviser to the graphics department and member of the School Committee at the San Francisco Art Institute.  Carey was a founder of the artists’ camp of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco and has served on their board of directors since 1940.  

Paul Carey died August 17, 2001 in his Piedmont, California home.

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