Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000)<br/><br/>Born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1904, Carter had decided to pursue art by the age of six.<br/><br/>By age 26 he had graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Arts, traveled extensively through Europe, studied at Hans Hoffman Summer School in Capri and had exhibited in Carnegie International, and other international watercolor exhibitions. Through the next four decades, Carter's works had been labeled, surrealism, Magic Realism, geometric abstraction, pop and op, but no category could capture his style completely.<br/><br/>It was in the mid-1960's, in his series called "Mandalas," that his fascination with the egg-shaped ovoid began. Author James A. Michener has commented that the egg in Carter's works is ". . . a mysterious symbol evoking the past, the origins, the overtones of Christianity."