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Doug Carter’s Assemblage & Constructions

View my recent exhibition at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant May 16 – July 5, 2015 at

I would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council for the exhibition grant I received from them.
It was a big help in presenting my exhibition properly

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A variation of the “Renewals” exhibition “Broke, Busted and Badly Bent”
was at You Me Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, July 10 – August 9, 2015

follow the PAGES links under Assemblage, & Constructions in the right hand side bar to view slide shows of Doug’s exhibitions:

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.  As well as being involved in the visual arts he has also written a memoir published in 2010, “Cool Fool, Blues Rockin’ in the Hammer”, about his experiences as a bass player and song writer.  In 2011, the CD “Out of theBox”, that he helped Guitar Mikey McMillan write, hit the blues charts.

Find out more about Doug at  

and about his major art influence Dada.  Check out what Dada was all about at


New Page Added, Raku & Metal 1988-89

raku1asept3web2View wall reliefs of clay and found stainless steel auto trim.  They were exhibited in late 1988 at Gordon T. White’s Kinnel Street Gallery and in January 1989 at the Burlington (Ontario) Art Centre.  Click the link below to a slide show of some of the work from those exhibitions.

New Page Added: the Hamilton Artists Inc. 1981

View a slide show of my very first one man exhibition at the Hamilton Artist Inc. on James St. North, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, July 1981.  The images show their age at times particularly the installation shots.  I photographed the images using a basic SLR camera and what I hoped was a good quality slide film and of course natural light.  I’m amazed I thought to do it and the resulting images still exist today.

Check it out at

Hamilton Artist Inc. backdoor, 1981 with my UFO piece on wall

Hamilton Artist Inc. backdoor, 1981 with my UFO piece on wall

Meet the “the Boat Show” artist Sun. Aug. 18

I’m at Arts Place, Sunday, August 18 from 2 – 4 pm.  Drop by and see the entire exhibition in person and have a chat about the work.  Below is a slide show of selected work and installation views.  For directions to the Gallery go to    Other times to view the exhibition are Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4:30 pm.  The exhibition continues through Sept. 15.  doug

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As a visual artist, I draw, print-make and paint in oils and watercolour, but the main style in which I’ve worked my entire arts career is assemblage.  Assemblage is an artistic process that consists of making three-dimensional or two-dimensional artistic compositions by putting together found objects.

For this project I decided to interpret what I was ‘seeing’ through found materials, beach debris & paint.

The visual impact of living in Port Colborne, a  block from Lock 8 and it’s constant parade of ‘boats’ as well as the close proximity to the harbour, Gravelly Bay and Lake Erie provides one with a kaleidoscope of visual impressions and creative ideas. As I got to know Port Colborne and surrounding environs after moving here in 2007, I realized that what was stimulation for me as a visual artist (the Welland Canal, the lake and the boats), has been and continues to be, a major stimulus for creativity to the entire local arts community.

Welcome to ‘The Boat Show’.

the Boat Show @ ArtsPlace Gallery, Aug. 8 – Sept. 15

View a sampling of my work from the exhibition in the slide show below.  Arts Place Gallery is at 714 King St., Port Colborne.  The exhibition runs from August 8 – September 15, Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4:30.  905.834.9060.

Meet the artist reception Sunday, August 18, 2 – 4.

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All pieces are found materials, beach debris and paints.

“Cultural Debris, A Flea Market Exhibition” Comes To The Hammer

Doug Carter’s “Cultural Debris”
April 13 – May 6, 2012
James North Studio
328 James North
Hamilton, ON

Cultural Debris:  A Flea Market Art Exhibit was originally presented by the Niagara Artists Centre at their Factory Outlet Flea Market Gallery in St. Catharines over the summer of 2011.  NAC had approached me about doing an exhibition mostly using things found in flea markets.  “Cultural Debris, the exhibit, is a collection of work created by manipulating and assembling objects I found in Niagara’s largest emporium of cast-off goods, the Factory Outlet Flea Market. It was a veritable archaeological dig into the past several decades of Western pop culture. This exhibit responds to a range of considerations including the waste generated by a throw-away society of material consumerists as well as the redolence and nostalgia that lost objects hold.  Doug Carter

The Return of “Juke Joints Jumpin’ “

“Juke Joints Jumpin’ “, a collection of drawings of the bands and taverns of  Hamilton from the 1980s and early 1990s, returns to Hamilton

to the main branch of Hamilton Public Gallery to it’s Gallery on 4, July 4 – July 30 during regular library hours.  Click here for library information.

Below are some of the images showing at the library.