James Carter, American (1948 - )
James Carter, the contemporary American artist combines the dream images of surrealism with the techniques of super-realism to create stilllifes with distinctly American roots. His acrylic with airbrush paintings and his serigraphs give us a fresh view of familiar situations.
Carter points to diverse and highly personal influences. As a child, he watched his grandfather, Ridley Carter, the noted wildlife watercolorist at work, and admired his painstaking care with the finest details. He also admires the American trompe l'oeil still life painters William Harnett and William Bailey. He enjoys the painterly perfection and attention to line, form and situation in Harnett's work and the still, pure quality of Bailey's arrangements.
Carter was exposed to European art. architecture and history as a young man when his father's business took the family to Berlin for five years.