Maker and role
Artist: Carl Rice Embrey, American, 1938-2022
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Acrylic on panel
47 7/8 x 71 7/8in (121.6 x 182.6cm)
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Museum purchase with funds from Charline and Red McCombs
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Further information
Named for the shells in the foreground, Shells shows the expanse of the Embrey family homestead in Hamilton, Texas, where Carl Rice Embrey spends much of his time drawing, photographing, and carefully observing the surroundings. In his San Antonio studio, Embrey paints compositions that evoke memories of the land where he grew up and his personal feelings about family and friends who once occupied the structures there. No longer filled with the warmth and life he knew as a child, the buildings in the distance have also become empty shells to the artist.
Paintings by Carl Embrey: September 13- October 18, 1974: Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute; 1974
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; 214
Signature & date
Signed, l.r.: C. Embrey
Dated, l.r.: 72
Labeled by artist on verso: Shells/June July August 1972/Acrylic polymer emulsion on presswood panel/entirely from memory/Carl R. Embrey
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