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|Born in New Westminister, Canada on May 6, 1898, Dudley Carter
was the son of a woodsman. He was six years old when he began
helping out in his father's lumber camp. |
Raised among the totem-carving Kwaquit and Tlingit tribes, he took part
in their ceremonies. About 1929, he moved to Seattle where he had
art lessons at the Cornish School and studied sculpture at the Art
Moving to California in the mid-1930s, he lived in San Francisco and
worked for the Federal Art Project. He later lived in Carmel where he
built houses out of trees that he felled himself. He is best known for
his heroic redwood sculptures, often with Indian motifs.
His carved totem pole was featured at the GGIE of 1939 and was later
placed in Golden Gate Park. During the GGIE he became friends
with Diego Rivera who depicted Carter as a red-shirted lumberjack in
his huge mural in the San Francisco City College theater. Art critic
Tom Albright once called Carter "the Bufano of the Ax."
His last years were spent in Bellevue, Washington where he died on April 7, 1992.
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935.
Collection: San Francisco City College (The Beast).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Chronicle, 11-21-1986; Oakland Museum; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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