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Orin Carpenter

Marin City, CA

It all started when... I began to paint on my mother's walls. That's when I realized I could imagine and bring to life anything I wanted. That realization discovered then grew into creating a world that was safer than the world I lived in every day. As I grew, so did my need to separate myself from the mundane and trivial things that caused me to isolate myself and find my world of comfort and solace. Within this world, the beauty of who I was and am became synonymous with what I believed. Understanding I couldn't hide in my imagination, I learned how to bring my imagination to reality. That's when my voice was being molded. The artist... My passion for life lives through the relationships I build with people. This same mantra is displayed through my art. When approaching the creation of my art, the process is the most fulfilling component for me. The style of my work is diverse but my first choice is mixed media. Using mixed media allows an incredible marriage between materials building one union. Within this process, I am able to leave the door open for the spiritual essence of who I am and what I create within the piece to develop. I allow the materials to speak to me creatively, as the chemistry between the materials maturates to a point of final execution. This is why my style is infused with the relationship I have with the subject matter, so the union can evolve right before your eyes. I truly learn more about who I am as an artist during this particular time because I am uninhibited and unrestrained. My ultimate goal is to welcome the viewer an opportunity to share in the journey… my journey.

Orin Carpenter
Art Teacher/Art Department Chair
Marin Catholic High School

Solo Exhibitions
2013 Mill Valley, CA. “Lost In Translation” Throckmorten Theater
1999 Memphis, TN. “Incarcerated Souls” Sidewalk University
1995 Memphis, TN. “Passion is Color” Gallery 350
1990 Memphis, TN. “Metamorphosis” The University of Memphis

Group & Juried Exhibitions
2020 - Richmond Art Center— Art of the African Diaspora — Jan. 25th
2020 - Gray Loft Gallery— Art of the African Diaspora — Reception February 8th
2020 - Dorks Tec Cafe—Art of the African Diaspora — March 7th-8th & 14th -15th
2020 - MC Art Collective — Art of the African Diaspora — Marin City, CA
2020 - Warehouse 416 —Art of the African Diaspora, Oakland, Ca — Feb. 7th & February-15th)
2020 - Women's Cancer Resource Center —Art of the African Diaspora, Berkeley, CA (January 31st) 6-8
2020 - Danville Village Theatre —Art of the African Diaspora, Danville, CA — January 16th
2020 - Aunt Mary's Cafe — Art of the African Diaspora, Oakland, CA 94609 — Feb. 4th-March 30th
2020 - Laney College — Art of the African Diaspora — Oakland, CA —February 19th
2020 - Ronald M. George State Office Complex — Art of the African Diaspora — San Fran.—Feb. 4th
2019 Marin, CA. “Black Beyond Borders” Frank Lloyd Wright Bldg
2017 Petaluma, CA. "Mostly Monochromatic Exhibit" Icehouse Gallery
2014 San Francisco,. CA. “4th Annual Art Educators Exhibit” Art Institute
2012 San Francisco, CA. “2nd Annual Art Educators Exhibit” Art Institute
2011 San Francisco, CA. “1st Annual Art Educators Exhibit” Art Institute
2010 San Francisco, CA. "Diversity Inclusions Exhibit" Gap, Inc.
2009 San Francisco, CA . “DFS Annual Artists Exhibit" DFS Headquarters
2001 San Francisco, CA. “25th Student Showcase” Academy of Art Univ.
2005 San Francisco, CA. “All Media Artists Juried Show” Artist’s magazine
1997 San Francisco, CA. “Moving the Dream Showcase” Pantheon Gallery N4ART
1991 San Francisco, CA. “1st Annual Artists Showcase” MLG &W Memphis
1990 San Francisco, CA. “U.N.I.T.Y” University of Memphis

Blair Underwood Collection
Anfernee Hardaway Collection
Gallery 350 Collection
Branford Marsalis Collection
Susan Schneider Williams Collection
The Gaston Collection
The Giuliano Collection
Joshua Akognon Collection

Group Affiliations
The Portrait Society of America
California Watercolor Society
National Watercolor Society
Graphic Designers Guild
Petaluma Art Society
Memphis Art Society

Publications & Competitions
Marin Independent Journal Art & Living Section . October 2019 issue
International Contemporary Artists (Volume XI.) 2016 issue
Incite 4: Relax, Restore, and Renew (Best of Mixed Media) 2016 issue
Incite 3:The Art of Storytelling (Best of Mixed Media) 2015 issue
Professional Artist magazine (Spotlight article) 2015 issue
Grace Magazine September 2000 issue

I Can Do Anything

Orin Carpenter