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

Act II

Christopher Cart mixed media actress portrait

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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.” The dress and her ivory skin glow with a theatrical light even in the gloom of backstage. The artist brings out the combination of toughness and fragility that is so often a hallmark of the performer.

Christopher Cart returns to the subject of the unseen life of performers often, in such paintings as “Entr’acte” which shows an actress (in this case his wife) touching up her makeup in the over crowded dressing room of Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, Maine. Cart himself is a sometime performer there, and his stage sets for that theater are always a show in themselves.

The egg tempera/oil original “Act II” may be seen and purchased at Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Maine.