The lockdown series

Now that the country is in lockdown due to the virus it is an opportunity to get on with some work in the studio. So, I’ve been painting a series of urban paintings in which I’m continuing my exploration into colour in particular the effect of colour and subjective colour schemes. This exploration relates to and moves on from my interest in the psychology of urban space.

For now though I’ve paused the painting as I’ve run out of canvases and boards and so I’m building up a stock of them.

Tightening the clamps. I use the polyurethane expanding glue which reacts with moisture to cure. The support struts are half lap jointed in the corners.
I am cutting the joints here by hand. I probably should get a power tool for this as I must have cut thousands of these joints.

NorthArt windows

I have a few paintings in the window of Gallery 1, 2 and 3 at NorthArt in Northcote. There is also a great exhibition of landscapes of New Zealand from the collection of the Kelliher Arts Trust. The trust held awards and some paintings are from those and others were commissions.

In the exhibition in Gallery 1 is a painting by Robert Ellis, a high view of Auckland with a motorway flyover. The exhibition is open until the 19th February.

Robert Ellis ‘City with new flyover’
Outside NorthArt window.

Photos courtesty of Anita Cole

NorthArt end of year show: Pocket Edition

‘Pocket Edition: Small works for large walls’ at NorthArt opened with a big crowd and was a great success. It’s a very popular show as we approach Christmas as it encourages the buying of small works as presents.

Here are my paintings for the show, a series from a rainy day in the Central City near Britomart station as people battled the elements to get home at the end of the working day. All my paintings have gone to new homes.

The Testament Sculptures at Exeter Cathedral

My father, Ken Carter the sculptor was commissioned in 1969 to make 15 sculptures to be placed into the niches in the Chapter House at Exeter Cathedral.   Called the Testament Sculptures, he chose the great theme of creation and the figures depict some stages of creation in the Old and the New Testament.

He modelled the sculptures in clay and cold cast them in Aluminium Resin fibreglass in the years up to 1974. I remember him working on them and during the casting, we children often helped by laminating the fibreglass sheets into the backs of the sculptures.

On a recent visit to the UK I paid a visit to the Chapter House and got a few photos.

 

    Exeter Cathedral Chapter House

 

  ‘Darkness’… –  In the beginning.

 

    ‘Water and Earth’

 

   ‘Light’  –  The Sun and Moon

 

  ‘The Annunciation’

 

  ‘Man’

 

  ‘Nativity’

 

  ‘Baptism’

 

  ‘Resurrection’