Approved: 26.09.2006

Simon Carter

Artist, Curator

Archived
Approved: 26.09.2006

I live on the east coast. Each day I make drawings about things happening in the landscape; often returning to the same places for months at a time, sometimes just walking and seeing what happens. I use these drawings in the studio to improvise and rehearse possible ways to turn observation into painting. I look for things in the drawings that seem true, alive and unexpected. I want the paintings to

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  • Location: Frinton-on-Sea, East
  • Activities: Higher education, Private commissions, Curating, Gallery education
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: landscape, painting, east, acrylic, watercolour, drawing
 

Biography

I live on the east coast. Each day I make drawings about things happening in the landscape; often returning to the same places for months at a time, sometimes just walking and seeing what happens. I use these drawings in the studio to improvise and rehearse possible ways to turn observation into painting. I look for things in the drawings that seem true, alive and unexpected. I want the paintings to be direct and honest; to have the weight of an observed fact and the passion of something meant; but there is little point repeating things or making things that already exist so I aim for those moments of revelation and surprise when the thing on the studio wall assumes a life of its own.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions
2013 - The Shapes of Light, Messum's, London
2011 - Borderlines, Messum's, London
2010 - On the Road, Walton Fine Art, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
2010 - Promenade, University of Essex Gallery, Essex
2009 - New Paintings, Messum's, London
2008 - Get Constable, Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, Suffolk
2007 - Beaches, Boats and Gardens, Horace Blue, Norwich, Norfolk
2007 - Garden Paintings, North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex
2003 - Another day on the beach, firstsite, Colchester, Essex

Group exhibitions
2012 - Bacon to Rego, Abbot Hall Gallery, Cumbria
2012 - Bacon to Rego: Great Artists, Abbot Hall, Cumbria
2012 - Marmite Prize IV, touring, various venues
2012 - New East Anglian Painting, Ipswich Art School Gallery, Suffolk
2011 - Contemporary Perspectives on Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2011 - Messum's, Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
2010 - Messums, Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
2010 - Threadneedle Prize exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2008 - East Coast Influences, Messum's, London
2007 - East Coast Influences, Messum's, London
2007 - Looking Forward-30 British Artists, Agnew's, London
2005 - Stay, Great Eastern Hotel, London
2004 - Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings

Collections
East Contemporary Art, University Campus Suffolk
Epping Forest District Museum
Falmouth Art Gallery
Ipswich Borough Council
Swindon Art Gallery and Museum