Francis Carr (1919-2013)

Born Geza Dezső Spitzer in Budapest, Hungary, Francis Carr began his journey in the arts through a transformative experience in Italy, where he encountered the power of High Renaissance art in the Sistine Chapel. With the rise of Fascism, he left Hungary for England in 1939 and pursued his passion for art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

Carr married Dorothy Carr in 1941 and adopted his English name. Throughout his career, he worked in diverse media, including screen printing, mosaic, sculpture, drawing, painting, and land art. He is recognised as a pioneer of screen printing in the UK, with his influential book, A Guide to Screen Printing Process (1961), cementing his legacy.

Carr’s commitment to socially responsible art led to significant contributions in public and environmental art. He developed interactive art for schools, created landscapes for public spaces, and worked internationally on projects such as the Tree of Life stone maze in Kazakhstan.

Carr’s work is held in esteemed collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His life and work continue to inspire through the Landscape and Arts Network, which he founded to promote ecological and socially responsible art.