Taranaki artist, Alby Carter returns to the gallery here in Mokau with some new work to complement some of his older paintings.
Reality is just the starting point with Alby Carter’s work, the aim is to make it ‘painterly’. Alby states “If you paint reality perfectly, you aren’t doing the artist’s job because the art has to tell you something about what the artist feels about what they are painting”.
Alby describes his state of mind when painting as “a blank. It’s more about feeling it than thinking it”.
Alby Carter was born in Wellington in 1949 and moved to Taranaki in 1982. He has been in Okato since 2000 working from a converted garage that is now his studio and is lined and stacked with paintings fast-brushed by this prolific artist.
A recent series, the ‘road’ series, are like maps, eye-of-God views of the coastal Taranaki landscape. He walks or drives the roads to the sea, then paints them as though he was flying overhead.
Alby Carter’s exhibition will be on show at the Mokau Museum and Gallery from the 26th April through to the 30th May 2019.