Visual Artist; term
American artist, Marshall Carbee, has exhibited his paintings, mechanical sculpture and works on paper in one-man shows in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Caracas and Tokyo. In May of 2004 over 150 of Carbee’s works were displayed in a one -man show at Tufts University. A prolific and gifted artist, Carbee’s work hangs in galleries and private collections in Europe and North and South America. He was twice nominated to Esquire’s prestigious annual register of Americans Under Forty, a list of young people who have made significant contributions in their fields. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Carbee graduated from University of New Hampshire, where he participated in the school’s first fine arts program. His studies there resulted in the formulation of his own curricular innovation, a degree awarded in the discipline of drawing. Shortly after graduating, he illustrated a children’s book, The Magic Board, which was a gift from his alma mater to the regional public school system. In conjunction with the Portsmouth Community Action Program, he also founded an art school for underprivileged children. In the 1980’s, Carbee co-founded the Pine Family, Inc. with Pine Ohashi, a production company that worked extensively with NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting network to produce documentaries focusing on international economic and environmental concerns and ongoing status of U.S.-Japan relations. A succession of multimedia projects led Carbee to participate in music videos and movies, and his work can be seen in films by Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel, Richard Donner, and Ang Lee, among others. His film credits include Men in Black, Eraser, Donnie Brasco, Conspiracy Theory, The Ice Storm, and Basquiat. Carbee worked on several television projects in New York including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, Sesame Street, Regis and Kathy Lee, All My Children, and One Life to Live. Among his television credits, Carbee’s work provided the prototypes for the original Mutant Toyland of Pee Wee’s Playhouse. His production design for the music video of Michael Jackson’s Grammy Award-winning single "Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough" features Carbee’s miniature set design and original animation. He has created artwork for special events and industrial shows for such recording artists as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, Cheap Trick, Meatloaf, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, and the Rolling Stones. In 1996, Carbee turned his hand to filmmaking. He wrote, produced, and directed the short film I’ll Be Yours Forever, for which he was honored with a nomination for the Discovery Award, presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council to an artist working in a new medium.