Adagio, the musical direction for players to perform slowly, gracefully, and with ease, is the sprit in which artist David Carter creates his paintings. After attaching folds of fabric to canvas, he meticulously applies up to fifty thin glazes of oil paint, often rubbed in by hand, resulting in a deep luminous finish. David’s subtle, resonant color harmonies create unique atmospheric moods in each painting, often evoking the sky, the sea, or distant horizons. This artwork is on gallery wrapped canvas and framed in a matte black metal frame. It comes ready to hang.

- David Carter

Adagio XXXIX

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

24" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 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.