Doug was born and educated in Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario,
Canada. He creates assemblage, drawings, prints and paintings.
He has been participating in the Hamilton art scene since 1973
and the Niagara arts scene since 2005.
In 1999, Doug conceived of, participated in and curated “BEAFRAID!” for the Art Gallery of Hamilton‘s “Countdown To The Millennium” series. with Hamilton assemblage artists Ray Cinovskis, Chriseddy, Chris Hartnett, Brian Kelly and Jim Mullin. Over his ten years at the Carnegie Gallery starting in 1994, Doug was responsible for finding and staging the invitational group exhibitions: “Monoprints & Monotypes”, “The Drawing Show”, ”Regional Sculpture: Past, Present, Future”, “Self-Portraits”, “15 Women Photographers” and “The United State of Assemblage”. In December 2004, Doug left the Carnegie Gallery and Dundas and now lives and creates in Port Colborne.
As well as the visual arts, he has been an active member of the Hamilton music scene, in particular Blues Rock. In 2010 Seraphim Editions published his memoir, “Cool Fool, Blues Rockin’ The Hammer”, of the his experiences from the late 50’s until 2003 dancin’ to the music and playing the bass in rockin’ Blues bands in Hamilton and throughout southern Ontario and beyond.
While putting the memoir together, Mike “Guitar Mikey” McMillan, whom Doug had played for in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reconnected and asked him to collaborate on the writing of a new album on which he was embarking. In April 2011, “Out of the Box” was released on Earwig Music. In the summer of 2011 it reached #1 on the Canadian Blues Rock chart and #7 on the US Blues Rock chart as well as receiving airplay in Australia and Germany.
Doug’s latest exhibition, influenced by his close proximity to the Welland Canal portion of the Seaway and to Lake Erie, is called “the Boat Show”. It was exhibited at Arts Place Gallery, Port Colborne in the summer of 2013.
See Doug’s “Works On Paper” blog at dougcarter.ca
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