I was really excited to be asked to be part of The Green Show, an exhibition organised by local arts collective SCIP (www.wearescip.co.uk). The show explored themes of nature, landscape, climate change and more!
I was one of 40 illustrators, designers and print makers asked to produce an exclusive new piece of artworks for the show and of course couldn’t resist creating a 3d artwork!
Camping Bug is an A2 original boxed artwork created using layers of Japanese plywood, screen printed detail, hand painted finish and giclee touches! It was the most detailed piece I’ve created so far but it was really fun to create. Here is a little video of the final construction phase!
I’ve been radio-silent for a while on this blog as i’ve been busy beavering (and other animal related puns) away on a new nature based exhibition for Ink_d Gallery in May, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival…….
Come and see what i’ve been up to for the last 5 months from May 2nd – 31st . From new experiments in polymer clay to signature wood-cut 3D characters/animals (and the odd Ape-study for good measure). Hopefully something for everyone! Oh, and silkscreen workshops too for those quick on the draw! See you there brown bear!
Delighted to be able to introduce 2 new Giclee prints i’ve been working on a while….
‘Hero Mother’ and ‘Edo 1 (Thawing of the Giant)’ . One inspired by the true story of Qing Qing, a Giant Panda who successfully reared the world’s first Panda twins. The other, a homage to Utagawa Heroshige and his ‘Famous Places in Edo’ series (he failed to spot that the Temple was actually a robot though!)
Taking part in the Out of the Box show at No Format Gallery in London SE18 – from Nov 22nd – Dec 22nd. From cabinets of curiosities , to peephole dioramas , it promises to deliver a boxed-feast for the eyes. With 70+ artists submitting their delights.
Earlier in the year Graham was invited by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and Peter to take part in an online ‘Puppet Challenge Exhibition’. Graham rose to the challenge and created a unique futuristic 70’s pimp Puss in Boots! (As you do!) Here’s what the man himself said about the experience:
“This is my first foray into puppet-making. (Well, apart from a ten-foot mobile Yeti rod-puppet I helped build for a parade a couple of years ago – but that was a group effort!) Firstly I’d like to thank Clive and Peter for inviting me to take part. I do like a challenge! When I accepted it though, I hadn’t quite anticipated the shift in mindset needed when making something ‘functional’ as opposed to purely aesthetic. Some of my recent 3D pieces do closely resemble puppets, and I had considered tackling this in the same way but that soon went out of the window when I realised that limbs had to actually move! As much as I tried to plan the puppet and make a few thumbnail sketches, I figured the best way, for me personally, was trial and error. I had a loose design in my head and figured I would tackle moveable limbs as I went along. Engineers would scoff at that of course, but I’m definitely not an engineer! When thinking of a subject I very nearly began working on a miniature puppet theatre-set based on the film of Jason & the Argonauts, with Skeleton Automata – but very quickly realised this would be a folly for a novice! Keep it simple! (Wise words Clive!) I thought it would be fun creating a character with long legs, and I narrowed it down to a frog-prince or Puss-in-Boots. I opted for the clever cat. In order to spice it up a bit I decided on a futuristic Puss-in-Boots, complete with bionic arm/paw (of course!) I did make him a little leather hat too but this only served to make him look like a 70’s pimp!”
Be sure to have a look at the fascinating Online Exhibition here.
Graham’s son Noah was charmed to meet Mr Puss in boots in the garden…
Dirtybird records latest release by Justin Jay features a Graham Carter Curious Cloud Bot on the cover. We’ve enjoyed doing the robot to the online featured track in the studio. We hope you like it too! Have a listen here.
Head to Hampstead to see the Affordable Art Fair and the wonderful Rostra Gallery stand featuring lovely new 3D work and limited edition silk screen prints by Graham Carter. The Autumn Gardener has arrived as well as some very cheeky heavy petters ooooh naughtiness!
Oh James! Limited Edition Screen print was created as part of the 10 Year celebrations at Soma Gallery. Available for a snip of a price £30 or you could buy all 10 artsits prints at a special price of £275! Do take a look at the lovely prints created in Soma’s honour by the talented artists they stock. The whole project was sponsored by the awesome people at GFSmith papers who provided specialist stocks for printing on.
A superb threesome of prints Yellow Clemence, Red Pierre and Blue Jean by Graham Carter are on show in Boxbird Studios May Open House. Pop down to take in the exhibition on May Weekends and May Bank Holidays 11 am – 6 pm. Alternatively view it online here.
Dirtybird Records commission Graham Carter to be their album artwork artist for all 2014 releases. 2014 is going to be an exciting year with brand new releases by the exceptionally talented artists at Dirtybird records and many many more beautiful Graham Carter album covers! What a creative dream of a project – thank you to the whole team at Dirtybird. The first release above is ‘Say My Name’ by J Phlip. Keep on track and up to date online with the new releases here
We received some lovely New Years post from Vermala bags based in Zurich today. Vermala who have now launched their wonderful traditional style bags and their first series of bespoke commissioned patches be several artists including Graham. A great company to work with, we hope this little hedgehog chap will be the first in a series of patch designs for their bags by Graham. Take a look at their website to see the bags and the range of patches available CLICK HERE.
We are excited to announce the release of limited edition giclee print ‘The School Run’ by Graham Carter.
” I’ ve been trying to finish this print for years and it has taken many different forms. With local charity Samesky getting in touch to commission this piece for the Burning the Clocks festival it gave me the perfect opportunity to get to grips with it. I tried to get across the mood of the cold winter mornings taking the kids to school, combining the magical with the mundane ”
Graham has donated one of ‘The School Run’ prints to Samesky who will be auctioning it to raise money for the lantern parade and fireworks display on the 21st of December. You can bid for the print online here: www……
These little beauties are silk screened on to wood and then lazer cut. Lovely Beat Bobbies to keep you safe. Each limited edition pair of Beat Bobbies comes beautifully packaged with a background screen print on grey board. Pop your order in or just take a closer look online here.
Welcome to the Alaphanimal series and how lovely it is that you could join us. This jubilant J-aguar and marvellous M-anatee are the newest additions. Ready to join the alphanimal masses as the alphabet is built letter by letter. Take a look at their companions here.
This year Graham has been invited to be one of the patron artists of Same Sky’s Burning of the Clocks. So what on earth is ‘Burning the Clocks’? Burning the Clocks was created in the city of Brighton in 1994 as a way to celebrate the festive season regardless of faith or creed. The event run by Same Sky begins with the family lantern procession through the city. After carrying the lanterns through the city in the parade they are passed into a fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end. Then a dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky!
We’re delighted to announce that Angels and Ghosts was awarded the Audience Vote at the London International Animation Festival 2013.
Angels and Ghosts was funded by The Wellcome Trust and created in association with Wowbagger Productions. Graham worked as Art Director for Ticktockrobot who designed, storyboarded and animated director Sara Kenney’s sensitive script.
A mammoth undertaking from the Ticktockrobot team and myself to produce a 36 minute animation to accompany a live orchestral performance of music written especially for the project. Based on the Day of the Dead and set against a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, the animation will be premiering at the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Some teaser pics here. Watch this space for a trailer!
This weekend (14th-15th Sept) you can pop along to Hove Lawns to the amazing Children’s Food Festival where there will be a chance to print your own screenprint from designs from 6 artists (myself included).
That’s right for 1 week only this studio is having a serious clear out! Make sure you pop down to Boxbird Gallery to nab yourself some rare and collectable Graham Carter originals and prints, we have slashed the prices on almost everything. Boxbird is also discounting frames and stock by up to 50% so come and treat yourself to some beautiful work by the other talented Boxbird artists too. Come early in the week to avoid disappointment because once it’s gone it’s sayonara!
When: 26th August – 1st September, 11 am – 5 pm every day that week
Graham has been working on beautiful new series of limited edition Giclee prints called ‘Alphamals’ So far he has created B(ee), E(lephant), G(rizzly), H(edgehog) and lonesome George the T(ortoise). Prints cost £80 and are available to purchase online via Boxbird Gallery.
Ok , this is probably the last solo exhibition i will be doing for a while as there are numerous other projects i am aiming to get my teeth into next year. So if you’re passing Bath, please pop into the amazing gallery that is Rostra, and be as flabbergasted (i’ve never written that word before!) as i was to see how much work i have accumulated over the last couple of years (and thats not even half of it!)
I will be exhibiting alongside some fantastic artists at ‘Not for Rental‘ exhibition set to open July the 4th. The work will be movie themed as each artist has undertaken a different film to inspire an original piece of work. For a truly unique exhibition experience head to 71A Gallery London. All of the work will be for sale to aid Macmillan Cancer Support so you can feel even better about purchasing art….!
Also checkout their Facebook page here. Awesome looking show!
Come on down to Boxbird to see what i’ve been working on (and going slightly crazy as a result) for the past few months….Along with two other amazing artists Tom Frost and Helen Musselwhite. Open until May 29th as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.
It gives me great tingly pleasure to present the latest Carter-Ticktockrobot collaboration. ‘Express Delivery’ was created to promote an upcoming group show called ‘Three-D’ at Boxbird Gallery. With Tom Frost, Helen Musselwhite and myself throughout May for the Brighton Fringe Festival. See it here.
I am currently exhibiting with Rostra Gallery at the AAF in Battersea, London 7th-10th March. If you happen to be in the area – please pop along to stand L2 to see some extraordinary work (including mine of course :0))
‘Brighton Illustration: Then, Now, After’ Exhibition opens this Friday 18th January! Pop along to see Graham’s work alongside illustration by a host of graduates and staff from the last 40 years of Brighton Illustration Degree. Graham will be in good company….Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs to mention a few….Exciting stuff!
Then, Now, After’ Exhibition 18th January 2013 – 14th February 2013
Hello everyone. We are auctioning off a print i made recently as a thank you to everyone who helped me build Sid The Yeti during the Brighton Festival to celebrate the Children’s Parade in May. You may have seen him feature in my exhibition at Ink-d Gallery too! This print will never be put up for sale anywhere as the rest in the edition are all gifts, so please bid here for a great cause: The British Heart Foundation, and the chance to own your own Sid Print ‘March of the Mayfly’. He was with us for a very short time but he shone brightly!
This Christmas at Boxbird we are fundraising for The British Heart Foundation in memory of a good friend of the gallery. So join us for some festive fun at Boxbird on Friday 30th November from 7pm, enjoy a glass of Barefoot wine and take part in our amazing raffle full of prizes from lots of our artists!
For further information please visit our events page and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
I shall be attempting to sound coherent for the benefit of Brighton Illustrators Group members on Thursday for an evening talk at Brightons King & Queen pub function room. I feel slightly intimidated to be doing it with Jonny Hannah, but we’ll see how it goes……details here. Come along and see us chat about work and show slides etc (am i selling it well?) CHANGE! Instead of Jonny Hannah, i shall now be joined by Ticktockrobot. So as well as my show, we can now chat more in depth about the animation side of the business…..Hurrah and Pip Pip!
Thanks to those lovely people down at Illustrato.rs you can catch up with Graham Carter as he talks to Matt Kevan about his life, work and inspiration. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and grab the biscuits and check it out here.
Massive thanks to all the folk at Traffic. Especially Steve, for all the long hours and constant pesterings from a very particular artist. Have a good look around. Was fun digging around some ooooold work! A lot of it didnt make the cut (i’m too embarrassed). Only took me 3 years to sort it out
Its taken a while due to Carter Faffery (a distant cousin) – but its nearly here….. Will go live this week so please check back soon. A big thanks to the amazing Traffic for the technical wizardry! I’m very excited.
Just finishing up a few last minute touches to my third solo show at Ink-d Gallery. It’s pretty much taken up my life for the last year so i hope it shows! ‘Me,Marionette‘ runs from May 4th (Damn why didn’t i do any Star Wars pieces!) to 3rd June so i hope to see you there.
I’m very excited to be able to post news of the arrival of my first teaser animation. ‘The Astronaut’ is part 1 of 3 short animations available to view online here as a prelude to my solo show at ink-d gallery in May. It was a collaboration between myself and the clever techno-bods over at the dream factory that is Ticktockrobot.
ok here is a little teaser pic from my upcoming solo show at ink-d gallery in May. I’m very much enjoying working with 3-D materials again so you can expect to see plenty of that on show as well as drawings, paintings, prints and something veeeeerry ambitious! (why do i do it to myself!?) You can follow show updates on Twitter @Me_Marionette.
Having released this print as a small silkscreen run it is now available in giclee form from Boxbird. I really wanna animate this so watch this space. My first proper animation collaboration with ticktockrobot is currently underway and we’ll be releasing teasers soon….
Yes it’s come round again! This year i shall be part of ‘Lovers Press‘ Stand. I maybe floating around at some point over the duration so come along and say hi. Here is a little glimpse of a new screenprint i’ve been working on as part of a series of ‘Landmark’ prints. Art fair runs from Fri 23rd to Sun 25th Sept
I was a late arrival to this show – my arm was twisted so much i haven’t been able to draw for a while. I did manage to get this print created before the swelling occurred though. Get down to Ink-d Gallery for a wee peaky. On until 28th August.
Silkscreen Print with Hand-Finished Details. 28cm x 28cm. Edition of 15
…..but they’re about to go into hibernation. Yetis are notoriously difficult to spot in the wild and that’s largely due to the fact that they spend an exuberant amount of time in hibernation. A lot of preparation time is needed because of this as you can see from the latest snapshot of their lives. Another near miss for the determined hunter and his boy…? (available at Boxbird)
Available in 2 sizes (55cm x 41cm ed.80 & 74 x 54.5cm ed.20) from www.boxbird.co.uk
It’s that time again! The Fringe Festival kicked off last weekend, and as Boxbird is taking a little break this year i was chuffed to be accepted into the Unlimited Editions open studio. An amazing array of knick-knackery and stunning prints that are very easy on the eye – i recommend popping in (if only for a lick of the face by Honey the Sausage Dog). Open all weekends in May.
Oh Lordy it’s been an incredibly exhausting couple of months….! Thankfully stock levels are back up and i can actually hang something on the wall at the affordable art fair this week. Here is a sneak peak of new work , including some foil stamped experiments. Come along and see us at Battersea (10th – 13th Mar). Will put some better pics up soon.
During my college years the New Scientist cover was the holy grail of illustration commissions – so it’s great to finally land it! The client opted for a white background but i’ve also included how i wanted it to look (compare, contrast and discuss).
My new show ‘Air Tales’ is now open to the public until the 27th Sept. There are some brand new prints based around the theme of flight, as well as some new original drawings. It’s also a good excuse to visit the lovely town of Bath……
I’ve been away for a little while! I put this down to a particularly horrific Zombie attack i suffered at the end of june (that, and getting married). I have however produced this piece of work for the ‘Crazy4Cult’ Exhibition in Los Angeles based on the Rom-Zom-Com movie Shaun of the Dead, featuring a little bit of foil-blocking detail in the blood splatter! Giclee Edition of 10.
Giclee Print with Foil Blocking Detail. Edition of 10
Remember folks: Remove the head or destroy the brain…….it’s the only way!
A huge charity auction is taking place this weekend. I have donated 4 Giclee prints, including the last available complete set of my Giant Series and the original sketches that inspired them…..more info here. You might be able to grab yourself a bargain!
Come and see our new show at Boxbird from now until 27th May (Closed Mondays), 11-5pm! It be chock full of lovely handprinted goodness from over 30 artists. Not to mention some pretty special one-offs.I have 3 new screenprints available, as well as a pack of 9 mini-prints. ‘Lavaland’ is hot off the press, having finished it 5 hours before the opening of the show! (great time management there Gray!) Here is a wee taster….
A story of a travelling Island. This island is used primarily by tourists but is available for private hire (jolly expensive though). When submerged , the whale-like design of the underbelly pacifies the marine life.
A journey into the unknown from the perspective of a Chinese Lantern. These lanterns are self-fueling and their flame will never die…
Along with 23 other artists i am taking part in the ‘Life in 2050’ Exhibition near Charring Cross Station, London. So if you are down that way why not pop in and take a peak into the future! Turns out we DO need roads where we’re going…..
I have a few new hybrid prints available at the forthcoming Affordable Art Fair at Battersea, London (We’ll be there as Boxbird Gallery from March 11th – 14th. Come say hello).
Wandering Marionnette is based on an amazing puppetry effort by the Royal De Luxe theatre company which blew me away. Early Bird is a secret diner located high in the tree-tops. It’s location is known only to the mini-pilots of the mechanical birds and it’s muffins are to die for.
‘Early Bird’ – Giclee/Silkscreen hybrid print. 80cm x 41cm. Edition of 80
‘Wandering Marionnette’ – Giclee/Silkscreen Hybrid Print. 58cm x 41cm. Edition of 40
…honestly i do. It’s the last week of the valentine themed ‘I Love You’ Exhibition at the Hop Gallery, Lewes. All proceeds go to a worthy cause (Children’s Heart Charities) and the artist line up is impressive to boot, including the likes of Sanna Annukka, Jonny Hannah and Rob Ryan! (i’ll be making an appearance too).
Ink-d Gallery have asked various artists (myself included) to provide them with ‘clear out’ items that have been lingering around the studio for a while. You might find yourself a bargain there. I’ve given them some first editions and originals, as well as some of my favourite pieces from a few years ago that i forgot i even had! (20 % off too)
If you’re out and about in swingin’ Carnaby St, London in the next month or so please checkout my work at Howies. The lovely people there have kindly offered me a space on their staircase wall to show some current work – as well as printing up my first T-Shirt Design! (which i have a feeling i’m going to get into…). Runs from 14th Nov – 14th Dec.
It’s that time again! I’ve had a 2-year cooling off period but decided to re-visit the Brighton Art Fair (Oct 1st – 4th) along with our other artists at Boxbird. Look out for us at stand 16 near the refreshments – grab a bun and come say hello….!
My London show East Meets West is at our gallery Boxbird in Brighton for 1 week ONLY! From 23rd – 29th Sept. But if you don’t get a chance to see it then you can see a lot of the work at Brighton Art Fair from 1st – 4th Oct
I am currently taking part in a group show entitled ‘Made in Brighton‘ along with a bunch of illustrious local artists who have also had solo shows at Ink-d Gallery in the last few years…..
One image per artist – no bigger than 30cm x 30cm, an edition of 25 and all £75.
My piece , Bobby Play (silkscreen on japanese plywood) is based on 2 little gay (or just good friends) policemen characters. I had planned to use these little guys years ago but then that pesky Banksy character came up with a similar idea…..
A collection of 50 street artists/illustrators/designers/tattooists each designing their own skate deck, and here is my end result………As you can see, my cat found it quite hypnotic watching me work on it! Even tried to grab the brushes a few times – another budding artist in the family?? (No. Because it’s a cat – they can’t draw)
They may be tokyo based, but the Zilla Inc. like to wander – and cause chaos in their wake. If you see a glowing beacon looming over the horizon it’s probably best to get yourself in to some kind of underground bunker. The only respite is when they pause briefly for the nightshift workers to take over……. (See the full image at EAST MEETS WEST, solo exhibition at coningsby gallery London from Sept 1st to 12th)
You probably won’t be hearing many peeps from me in next few weeks as i am locked in my workshop beavering away for my next upcoming show at Coningsby Gallery. I have a few mechanical helpers but they are fairly old models and need constant maintenance themselves……… Watch this space for sneak peeks of the new stuff.
We just heard today that our Cinemascope show for the Brighton Fringe Festival has just won ‘Best Show of the Fringe’!! Needless to say we are delighted (and we must say a monster-sized ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted for us – and of course to the artists who took part in the exhibition. Already thinking about next years theme……
Hello all. I have a spanking new shiny website on the way…….
In the mean time you’ll have to cope with this holding page where i’ll be keeping you up to date with my work and projects. All work is available from boxbird. Currently i am involved in Cinemascope which is ongoing until 31st May – so hurry down there if you wanna see it…..
A big thanks to Steve (stephenelford.com) for putting this page together so quickly. He really is the Gandalf of web scripting.