2015 Featured Artist: JAMES CARTER

After living in Germany for a number of years, James Carter returned to the United States to attend the Maryland Institute of Art where he received his B.F.A. in 1972. Since then, he has supported himself as a fine artist which included working with Lublin Graphics, a fine art publisher, who also published a book about Mr. Carter’s work which is still available on Amazon.com.

Living in Southbury since 1993, Mr. Carter has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe in major galleries. His work is also included in many corporate collections.

When asked about his work, Mr. Carter said, “I feel my time living in Europe influenced the character and graphic style of my work. But when I returned to the states, my work took on a different dimension. I adopted a more whimsical yet surreal style. I like to employ the underlying humor of reality vs. fantasy. I delight in juxtaposing unexpected objects. The animate and inanimate appear together. By placing real objects in abstract environments, I can make them dissolve, fade, float or move in any way I desire. Eggs are suspended from wires; objects are stacked tenuously atop one another; birds seem to fade in mid flight.”

The interplay of light and shadows is also important in Mr. Carter’s work. Color is almost secondary and used to add perspective and depth than out of primary concern for color itself. “Through my paintings, I strive to give the viewer a fresh, whimsical view of familiar-and some not so familiar situations,” said Mr. Carter.

The creation of Mr. Carter’s work is achieved by the use of airbrush and traditional brush work. Mr. Carter finds The airbrush to be an amazing tool because it allows an artist to get tones and textures which can’t be achieved with a standard paint brush.

Mr. Carter’s work is created on both canvas and illustration board which is first primed and repeatedly sanded to produce a smooth, tight and realistic subject matter.



In Mr. Carter’s Words:

“The creation of my acrylic paintings is achieved by the use of airbrush and traditional brush work. The airbrush is an amazing tool because it allows me to get tones and textures which can’t be achieved with a standard paint brush. My work is done on both canvas and illustration board which is first primed with gesso and repeatedly sanded to produce a smooth, tight and realistic subject matter.

I like to employ the underlying humor of the surreal and delight in juxtaposing unexpected objects. The animate and inanimate interact in my paintings in ways you would never conceive as possible. By placing real objects and animals in abstract environments I can make them dissolve, fade, float or move in any way I desire.

The interplay of light and shadows is also important in my work. Color is almost secondary and used to add perspective and depth than out of primary concern for color itself. Through my paintings, I strive to give the viewer a fresh, whimsical view of familiar-and some not so familiar situations.”


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