|The wood engravings of
Carroll Thayer Berry have become emblematic of Maine.Prints like
"Deer Isle Thoroughfare", "Retired from the Sea"
and "Lobsterman- Homeward Bound" exemplify the richness
and simplicity of Down East Maine. His consummate craftsmanship
and natural approach created a body of work that is immediately
recognizable as his.
Born in New Gloucester, Maine and working out of Rockport, Berry
chronicled scenes from almost every town of Downeast and Midcoast
Maine. After an initial experimental period, he settled on the
affordable medium of the woodblock during the Depression before
a late series of compositions influenced by the theory of Dynamic
Symmetry. After completing his marine engineering studies at
the University of Michigan, he moved to Massachusetts where he
worked as a mechanical draftsman for an engineering firm. He
went to Panama in 1910 to participate in the construction of
the Panama Canal, but contracted malaria. It was while recuperating
that he began taking art classes at the Philadelphia Museum of
Art. In 1915 he moved to Chicago and worked as an illustrator
before moving back to Maine
and eventually settling in Rockport.