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Rockwell W. Carey

American, 1882-1954


Waldo Hills 1882




Portland 1954

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Northwest artist

Oregon artist


Largely self-taught, fifteen-year-old Rockwell Carey won a prize for drawing at the Oregon State Fair in 1897. He continued to enjoy success with his watercolors at the Society of Oregon Artists in 1912 and 1913. Carey attended the Museum Art School and was a member of its first graduating class. As a participant in the U.S. Treasury's Public Works of Art program, which preceded the WPA by several months, he produced several works. A mural, Early Mail Carriers of the West, for the Newberg Post Office was produced under the Section of Fine Arts. Carey also won a prize in the American Artists Professional League show of 1937, where his painting was voted the most popular. The next year he won the grand prize for The White House. Although his early work was impressionistic, he was later known for his expressionist-style marines and landscapes. He was also a lithographer. Carey was living in Santa Barbara by 1949, but died in Portland while on a visit in 1954.

Artist biography reproduced with permission from the authors, Oregon Painters: the First Hundred Years (1859-1959), Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit.



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Associate of: Charles Heaney (American, 1897-1981)

Associate of: C.S. Price (American, 1874-1950)

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