Carl Goldhagen

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Carl Goldhagen is a leading contemporary painter known for his colourful cartoon style.
Carl brings together abstract and figurative elements in his paintings.
There is always more to Carl’s colourful works than what first meets the eye.

Carl Goldhagen is a leading contemporary painter known for his colourful cartoon style. The artist grew up in the suburbs north of Washington DC and takes inspiration from the energetic distortions of city life and the ‘comic-book package’ dream of American success.

Carl Goldhagen's Early Career

Carl received a Bachelor of Art from San Diego State University and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati. Carl taught at Brooklyn College and Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and maintained a studio in NYC for forty years. He now lives on the Eastern Shore in Girdletree, Maryland.

Artistic Process

Bringing together elements of late 20th-Century Abstraction and Figurative Art influences, Carl parodies daily life at home and at large in the States. His scenes, which often play with framing and light geometry, slyly critique the nature of power and the American Dream. His portraits gleam with sweetness and pathos. And yet, Carl nevertheless places tokens, symbols and expressions throughout, pointing to darker narratives of social pressure, cultural claustrophobia, and failure.

Exhibitions and Collections

Carl has exhibited his work in Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Berlin, Amsterdam, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. He has participated in various gallery shows in New York City, including Rosa Esman, Graham Modern, Annina Nosei, Grace Borgenicht, Elga Wimmer, and Paula Cooper Gallery. Numerous corporate and private collections have included his works.

Selected Works

Chimney by Carl Goldhagen

Chimney

Paintings - 112x91 cm
Phonograph by Carl Goldhagen

Phonograph

Paintings - 48x66 cm
The Wall by Carl Goldhagen

The Wall

Paintings - 76x102 cm
Two Right Hands by Carl Goldhagen

Two Right Hands

Paintings - 76x102 cm
A Muse by Carl Goldhagen

A Muse

Paintings - 102x76 cm
Ship of State by Carl Goldhagen

Ship of State

Paintings - 76x102 cm
Working on the Little House by Carl Goldhagen

Working on the Little House

Paintings - 76x102 cm
Sitting in the Little House by Carl Goldhagen

Sitting in the Little House

Paintings - 76x101 cm
Knowledge in the Little House by Carl Goldhagen

Knowledge in the Little House

Paintings - 76x102 cm

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