Robert Courtright

1926-2012

Robert Courtright was active and lived in South Carolina, France and Italy. He is known for abstract word imagery, collage, sculpture and masks.

As a boy growing up in Sumter, S.C., Courtright dreamed of being an artist and visiting faraway places. Guided by his talents, Courtright followed through on both his dreams to create an international career, spreading his distinctive style to create masks and monochromatic collages throughout the world. Courtright enrolled at The Art Students League of New York, where he studied with Jack Levine, Robert Brackman, Carl Holty and Vaclav Vytlacil. He had a great affinity for architectural science and aesthetics, which drew him to Rome in 1953.

There he began to create the collages for which he is widely known. Courtright’s collages, which often incorporate scraps of paper pulled directly from actual structures, dominated the artist’s oeuvre in the 1960s. These pieces lead Courtright to a series of non-representational grid colleges, such as “works of art that combine color and texture in visual patterns using paper and acrylic paint mounted on a wood panels  In the following decades, Courtright began to sculpt masks executed in marble, stone, cast bronze and cast paper.

Courtright’s work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Institute, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Phillips Collection and San Francisco Museum of Art.

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