Simon Carter was born in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex in 1961. Of his work he says ‘I hope my paintings inhabit the world as real things; as their own selves. That they have a metaphoric relationship to things seen but do not rely for their worth on degrees of similitude to those things. I make drawings in the landscape, usually on the beach, and these drawings act as a compendium of marks to be investigated in the paintings. Observational drawing also acts as a measure of the way a marked surface relates to things seen and to the ways of seeing those things.
There is an ongoing unspoken conversation with other artists. I’m interested in most painting, but I do like the means by which a painting is made, the actual stuff of paint and the evidence of a decision making process, to be visible.’