oil painting

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.

http://dougcarter.ca/art/raku-metal-1988-1989/

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 http://tinyurl.com/mjyol2v

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 http://artsplacegallery.com/contact/    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

“CULTURAL DEBRIS”, NEW EXHIBITION OPENS May 15 until Septmber 25

Cultural Debris – A Flea Market Art Exhibit

Presented by the Niagara Artists Centre
At the Factory Outlet Flea Market
46 Turner Crescent, St. Catharines
Opening Reception Sunday 15 May at 1pm
Open every Sunday until 9 am – 4 pm

The Niagara Artists Centre continues its series of exhibitions in a satellite flea market gallery with a show by Port Colborne artist Doug Carter. Called Cultural Debris, the exhibit is a collection of new work that Carter has created by manipulating and assembling objects he has found in Niagara’s largest emporium of cast-off goods, the Factory Outlet Flea Market. As he explains, “it’s a veritable archaeological dig into the past several decades of Western pop culture”. Carter’s 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.

NAC has been presenting work in the Flea Market Gallery since October 2010. “There are all sorts of assumptions about who contemporary art is for and where it should be found,” says NAC’s Minister of Energy Minds and Resources, Stephen Remus, “we work to make the exciting ideas being shared through visual art available to everyone in places you wouldn’t expect”.

Find the Flea Market Gallery inside the flea market at the corner of Elm & Wall Streets.