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Port Chester, New York, 1948 -
Established American artist, James Carter's paintings and graphic prints are best known for their capacity to invite the viewer to re-examine familiarity of common objects.
His move to Berlin, Germany with his family from 1962 to 1976, influenced his early interaction with the DADA movement. He was intrigued by the collages of Max Ernst and the soft endless landscapes of Yves Tanguy; and his own early paintings were explorations of these elements.
He initially studied architectural rendering and, after returning to the U.S. in 1967, he embarked upon an architectural career. Soon, however, he found himself rebelling against the strict rules of this trade; he felt there had to be a synthesis between drafting and painting. In 1970, he enrolled in the Sivermine College of Art, NY and received an A.F.A. in 1970.
During the 1970's, James Carter was Art Director of Warlock Graphic and of Jack Keller Designs, both in New York City. While in New York, he first experienced the works of Paul Wunderlich and Peter Paul. Their graphics and oils became the impetus to his full-time devotion to painting.
While attending the Maryland Institute of Art, where he received his B.F.A., he began to use the airbrush as a vehicle to achieve the translucent surface has was seeking. Still using drafting techniques, and utilizing a state-set environment, he began to incorporate both inanimate objects with land and sea wildlife as subjects in surreal compositions.
While focusing on endangered species, such as the buffalo and the whale, his work took on a more political overtone.
In recent years, his art has become a means to explore the diverse relationships between the objects and the surfaces, using the tromp l'oeil effect to achieve luminous qualities of depth and space.
A selected list of COLLECTIONS holding his works, is as follows:
ABC Television Network, New York
The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut
Christian Dior, New York
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
An original artwork by an established American artist, James Carter. This artist's paintings and graphic prints are best known for their capacity to invite the viewer to re-examine familiarity of common objects.