As an artist, Carter relies on chance encounters with, as Lee Ufan describes, the other. Through paint, photography, video and installation, he searches for the uncertain border between reality, illusion and the imagination. Emerging from the artist's obsession with the nature of looking and seeing, Carter presents things that lie outside of time, things on the verge of disappearance and things that make the world more vividly visible.
From a sensibility of organic generation, Carter's work deepens our experience of place by extending beyond conventional notions of spatial containment and by exploring associations between sourced objects, place and the image.
Paul Carter was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1979. Graduating with a BA in Painting from the National College of Art & Design in 2001, Carter went on to become part of a small group of artist/educators in Wexford who founded Gorey School of Art. Today, Gorey School of Art is a hive of creative activity and is recognised as one the most exciting art schools in Ireland. In 2004, Carter was accepted onto a unique MA in Virtual Realities programme at the National College of Art & Design. Specialising in photography and video, Carter subsequently graduated in 2006.
Carter has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, the Switch Room Gallery, Belfast, the Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, the International Center for Contemporary Art, New York and most recently he appeared as an invited artist at the Éigse Arts Festival in Carlow. Carter's work appears in many important public and private collections including the OPW.
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