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.
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About The Artist
I'm drawn to surfaces and landscape aged through time, which for me often embody this sense. Ultimately I strive to create something authentic, at once sensitive and meditative, yet resonate and contemporary.
My process is a combination of instinct, intuition, and spontaneous expression filtered through years of technical training. At times I take off as much paint as I put on before arriving at something which feels interesting and true. Through this process of application and excavation, it could be said that I "find" a painting as much as I "make" it.
Each work finally emerges, sometimes after many months, with its own particular atmospheric mood. In a world increasingly dominated by facile imagery, I aim to create something with a sense of spirit in it, not mine necessarily, but perhaps something that is touched in viewer's. In the end, I hope these paintings convey something that is not so much experienced with the mind, as felt with the body... in an intimate, visceral, and contemplative way.
My life as a visual artist began with extensive work with video in the late 1970's, leading to an earlier career as a multiple Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker. His visual vocabulary deepened through those years while filming literally hundreds of thousands of images across a wide spectrum of cultures and landscapes in more than forty countries. His intensive experiences filming the textures of culture, color and landscape throughout the world have had a lasting impact on his visual sensibilities and have informed the unique visual language he has brought to his work as an abstract painter for the past twenty years.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Arts, 1977