Thursday, May 17, 2012

PSoA Certificate of Excellence:
John Michael Carter

John Michael Carter
40 X 30 in.
oil on linen

Kentucky artist John Michael Carter is a multi-award winning painter who has, since 1975, had 39 one man shows. His training began in Chicago at the age of 16 under the tutelage of his father, E.L. Carter, a successful commercial artist. In 1968 he went on to study at the American Academy of Art, and then, in 1970, traveled to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design, from which he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since then, Carter has kept a busy schedule, teaching on the university level or at workshops, while at the same time maintaining his thriving career as a gallery artist and portraitist.

Carter considers himself a “painter of the moment,” using the technique of alla prima – setting down an area of color in its final appearance, rather than building up the surface with thin glazes of different colors, and employs oil paint because with it, he can “create most of the characteristics of other mediums.”  Though he prefers to paint on location, he will work from sketches in the studio when limited by time or weather.  Because of this direct painting method, he usually completes his paintings in one to four sittings.¹

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¹ Biography of John Michael Carter, Miller Gallery archives, as retrieved May 17, 2012 from [].

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