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Christopher Cart oil painting of the actress Rebecca Singer waiting to go on in Act II of Bells Are Ringing.

Act II

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“Act II” showcases the idiosyncratic beauty of the singer/actress as she awaits the beginning of Act II in the wings, conserving her energy in the quiet of backstage, for the soon to return audience. Her pose, loose limbed and not particularly ladylike, is at interesting odds with the fluff and feather of her 1950s costume, which gives the painting its nickname, “Red Dress.”

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Christopher Cart Oil Painting of his daughter, a lone hiker, making a judgement call about whether or not to travel onward high in the Maine mountains.

Judgement Call

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The grandeur of Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine fills Judgement Call, one of Christopher Cart’s most dramatic paintings.  It is also a revealing portrait of his daughter, Katherine.  She is pictured here making what, in these mountains, can be a life or death decision – whether to continue on or retreat before dangerous weather.  The abstract teal and purple shapes of the cloud formations add movement above the menacing bulk of Katahdin in the background.  The intrepid young woman’s dark clothing helps to make her seem attuned to the bleak environment, and her taut, considering pose and facial expression show…

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oil painting, Popham Beach

“Toward the Island” oil painting, Popham Beach

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At Popham Beach in Maine in the pearly light diffused by haze that will soon burn off, the women of Christopher Cart’s family  are slightly exotic birds come to join the gulls.  People often assume that Chris costumes and poses his wife, daughter in law and adopted sister,  but it is their own natural theatricality that he often wants to capture.  Purchase inquiries:  paintings@christophercart.com

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summer-entourage

Summer Entourage

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Oil on Canvas, 52 x 52 inches A band of artists and performers roam the dunes of Maine at Popham. Christopher is often inspired by his friends and family, who often form a tight knit band of explorers. This piece can be viewed in Rockland, Maine at Harbor Square Gallery.

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koi-pond

Koi Pond

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The oil painting “Koi Pond” was inspired by the pond at the Botanical Gardens in Barbados.  He was entranced by the graceful orange and gold fish darting through the shadowed water, but he wanted a woman’s profile and orange hair in the picture.  This posed an interesting challenge in perspective and composition. “This one lurked in my head and drawing pad  for 2 1/2 years.  I finally decided to bend the perspective to allow the abstract quality of the pond to take precedence.   I  gave over most of the canvas to the flat plane of the pond and forced…

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Shows a very young woman in semi-goth attire getting ready to go out at her bathroom mirror

18 in Soho – oil painting of a city girl

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This oil painting has an edginess that reflects the Soho art scene outside our young protagonist’s apartment door.  She is almost pathetically vulnerable, yet eager to be ready for anything the city might bring her way as she lives each moment in the now, as the young do.  Her punk hairstyle and black corset contrast with the childlike pose of her feet, and the patterns made by her clothing and the bathroom tiles and rug fascinate us and contrast with the loneliness of her somewhat bare looking rooms. Purchase inquiries at paintings@christophercart.com Also available as a reproduction in our print…

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Entr'acte

Entr’acte

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One of Christopher Cart’s explorations of life backstage, Entr’acte perfectly captures the self absorption of actors preparing themselves to go on.  The foreground figure,  garbed in a wasp waisted 1950s dress, applies makeup as other actresses strain to catch a glimpse of the unseen mirror.  An actor gazes down in introspection, lost in his mental preparation in the middle of the crowded dressing room.  At the far left, we see the red hat and dress of  the actress portrayed in “Act II.” purchase inquiries at paintings@christopher.com    

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Couples dancing in the early dusk

Moon Dance

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The Maine Contra Dance move called the Gypsy has an intensity captured in “Moondance.”  The cool mysterious light of a summer evening with an early moon matches the sensuality of the dancers as their bodies become one with the music and the night.  “Moondance” is sold to a private collection, but is available as a print in our print shop.  

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