Tom Carr

Tom Carr is regarded as one of Ireland’s most distinguished painters

The son of a Belfast stockbroker, Tom Carr was born in Belfast in 1909. As a boy he was taught by the Swiss painter Hans Iten (1874-1930), who had settled in Belfast. He attended the Slade School in London where he studied under Henry Tonks, and completed his studies in 1929.
He was initially associated with the 'Objective Abstractionists' group, and then with the Euston Road School, which included William Coldstream, Victor Pasmore and Claude Rogers. In 1938, he returned to Northern Ireland and lived with his family in Newcastle, County Down. During the Second World War, he was appointed as an official war artist. In 1973 he won the Royal Ulster Academy gold medal, and in 1976, the Conor Award. He was awarded the OBE in 1993 for his services to art. 
He remains one of Ireland's most distinguished painters, and is particularly renowned for his expertise as a watercolourist.