Carol Summers


Carol Summers Biography

Born 1925

From Kingston, New York, Carol Summers is often described as the best printmaker in the world. He is represented in virtually every museum’s contemporary print collection in the United States, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College in New York, San Francisco Art Institute and University of Pennsylvania, among other institutions. Summers is a recipient of the Guggenheim, Tiffany and Fulbright Fellowships.

Summers’ father and mother were both trained painters, which partly explains why he made up his mind early. In 1948, Summers attended Bard College in New York with the idea of specializing in painting, but a year or two after he started his studies, Louis Schanker, one of the country’s most accomplished woodcut printmakers, joined the school’s art faculty.

Summers is fascinated with the landscape and its spectacular changes of season, its regal mountains and seas. These landscapes are featured in his woodcuts in an abstract form with bold color. At the present time Summers resides in California and Mexico.