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Color screenprint with die-cut and collage
Charles Rogers Grooms, known as Red Grooms, is an American-born contemporary artist. He works in a diverse range of mediums, including print, paint, sculpture and film. He is most associated with pop and modern art and has invited comparisons with such luminaries of the artistic canon as William Hogarth and Marcel Duchamp. This is due to the representations of human society and humour that is present in his work. This ranges from early works such as 1967’s ‘William Penn Shaking Hands With The Indians’ to mature creations like 1998’s ‘Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel’. His work in film includes starring in the biopic ‘Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse’ and ‘Secret of Wendel Samson’, in which he played the role of Wendel. Grooms was born in rural Tennessee in the southern United States in 1937. This was the height of the great depression and these lowly beginnings influenced his art for years to come. He studied his craft at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New School in NYC. Still working at the age of 80, he resides in New York City, in his studio in lower Manhattan, his home for the last four decades. His work has been shown around the world, including in the US, Japan and Europe.