Adagio: slowly, gracefully, with ease. After attaching folds of fabric to canvas, each painting is meticulously layered with up to fifty glazes of oil paint, often hand-rubbed in, to create a deep luminous finish. My intent is to create subtle, resonate, atmospheric moods in this work. Adagio, the musical direction for players to perform slowly, gracefully, with ease, is the sprit in which these paintings have been created, and might also suggest an approach to experiencing them as well.

- David Carter

Adagio IV

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

40" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 0 oz.



David Carter
New Salem, Massachusetts

Getting to Know David

David Carter’s atmospheric abstract paintings are a reflection of the natural world. He strives to create art that is at once sensitive and meditative, yet resonate and contemporary. David describes his creative practice as “finding” paintings, rather than “making” them. "My process is completely intuitive based," he says. "I start by laying in line or layers of color and find my way forward." Spontaneous expression and exploration are key to his inspiration. David is a self-taught artist who has spent many years of experimentation developing the visual grammar that he uses today. Prior to 1990, he was a landscape painter, the influence of which is visible in his current work. Through his abstract paintings, David strives to produce an intimate, visceral, and contemplative experience for the viewer.