WHAT'S ON

MAIN GALLERY
26 MARCH to 24 APRIL 2021
All welcome

‘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 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 workshop and works in the expressionist style reminiscent of Toss Woollaston.

Inspired by his surroundings of mountain, sea, farm and forest, Alby captures the mood of his environment in his fast-brushed style. Reality is merely his starting point with the aim to make his landscapes ‘painterly’. 

‘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.’

When he was younger he would take his gear out on location. Now he takes photos and paints in his studio in Okato.

‘I’ve developed a way to make it look different than a photo, otherwise you may as well take a photo – the thing has to go through the artist.’

Apart from the occasional odd jobs, Carter has been a professional artist for 50 years.

‘It’s hard to be full time in New Zealand unless the artist gets picked up by a major gallery in Auckland or Wellington or Christchurch, 

‘But then you get trapped, because they tell you what to paint and I don’t like that idea. Just going at it like I do – it is quite hard to survive.’’


Cape Tree

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2018
H 330 x W 600mm—private collection


Cape Tree No. 2

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2004
H 375mm x W 540mm—$1000


Stony River

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2000
H 650 x W 560mm—$1500


Down The Stony River

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2018
H 780 x W 920mm—$3000


Trees on Kaihihi Road

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2009
H 400 x W 630mm—private collection


Up the Stony River

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2008
H 570 x W 850mm—$2000


Up the Stony River No.5

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2010
H 450 x W 630mm—private collection


Puniho Corner

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1997
H 460 x W 650 mm—private collection


Ship Around Puniho

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2007
H 1000 x W 660mm—$2500


Ship Around Puniho No. 2

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1998
H 600 x W 770mm—$2000

"I paint most days. I start by looking at the canvas and studying it for about half an hour before I start work on it and then the brush goes mad!"


Kaihihi Road Corner

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2001
H 870 x W 1220 mm—$4000


A Walk Down
Leith and Perth Roads

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2001
H 1100 x W 730mm—$2600


A Walk Down Minarapa Road

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1999
H 900 x W 600mm—$2500 SOLD


Quintessential No. 1

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1995
H 1160 x W 860mm—$4000


Quintessential No. 3

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1995
H 840 x W 710mm—$2000


Road and Mountain

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2008
H 1100 x W 800mm—$3000


You've Fracked My Grotto
You Bastards

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2012
H 950 x W 750mm—$2500


Coastal Trees, Colville No. 1

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2010
H 385 x W 510mm—$1500


Road to the sea, Muriwai

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2016
H 420 x W 620mm—private collection

'As far as landscapes — I just see them and think that looks good I’ll paint that... I’m pretty relaxed. I’ve had 70 years to practise.'


Lahar and Trees

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas on board, 2008
H 300 x W 460mm—$800


From Carrington Road

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2009
$1600 SOLD


Victoria Street, Kaponga

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1991
H 500 x W 700mm—private collection


Xploring Space 1

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1998
H 610 x W 500mm—$1000


Waiting, Xploring Space

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1997
H 380 x W 300mm—$1500


Not Quite Stumped

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1996
H 500 x W 600mm—$2000


A Walk Down Komene Road

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1997
H 560 x W 430mm—$1000


Don't Trust It

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1993
H 800 x W 580mm—$1500


Down Town

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1993
H 1030 x W 660mm—$2000


Almost too late

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas and sand, 1994
H 800 x W 490mm—$1200

'Don’t know why I started painting fifty years ago. I reckon it was a gravitational pull... if I can’t paint I think there’s something wrong somewhere.'


Sunburnt Bather I

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1995
H 950 x W 450mm—$1500


Sunburnt Bather II

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1995
H 950 x W 450mm—$1500


Sunburnt Bather III

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1995
H 550 x W 600mm—$2000


Seeing the weather, or not

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas
H 1030 x W 850mm—$3000


Drink

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1994
H 850 x W 680mm—private collection


Tides

ALBY CARTER


Acrylic on canvas, 2003
H 730 x W 1000mm—private collection


Xploring Space 4

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board and paper strips, 1997
H 810 x W 630mm—$2000


Xploring Space 3

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1998
H 390 x W 300mm—$700


Xploring Space 2

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1998
H 430 x W 350mm—$700

‘It’s hard to be full time in New Zealand unless the artist gets picked up by a major gallery in Auckland or Wellington or Christchurch. But then you get trapped, because they tell you what to paint and I don’t like that idea. Just going at it like I do – it is quite hard to survive.’


A Head of Today 2

ALBY CARTER


Mixed media, 1998
H 345 x W 275mm—private collection


Shirt Face Looks On

ALBY CARTER


Mixed media on board, 2005
H 570 x W 650mm—$2000


River No. 1

ALBY CARTER


Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, 2005
H 800 x W 920mm—$2600


River No. 2

ALBY CARTER


Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, 2005
H 800 x W 920mm—$2600


Stone And Mountain

ALBY CARTER


Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2002
H 1060 x W 1200mm—$4000


Mahia Beach

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1980
H 650 x W 780mm—$700 SOLD


Paines

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1983
H 1400 x W 1000mm—$5000


Ron's Writing Room No. 2

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1993
H 700 x W 550mm—$2000

Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s writing room, Hawera


Vase No. 16

ALBY CARTER


Acrylic, canvas, cloth and paper, 2001
H 600 x W 450mm—private collection


Road Vase, Vase No. 13

ALBY CARTER


Collage, mixed media, 2001
H 770 x W 600mm—private collection

'When I find paintings I haven’t seen for a while they seem like old friends.'


Train to Nirvana

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1993
H 1300 x W 830mm—$3000


Two Figures in a Landscape

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1999
H 1060 x W 800mm—$2500


Outside In

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2019
H 1000 x W 700mm—$2500 SOLD


Motoring around
the Bays

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas board, 1981
H 720 x W 560mm—$1500


Old Truck No. 5
Blue Rata Reserve

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2005
H 500 x W 600mm—$1200


God Mother

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1977
H 1230 x W 640mm—$2000


Lahar and Rivers No. 2

ALBY CARTER


Acrylic on canvas, lace curtains, hemp string and driftwood, 2005
H 480 x W 800mm—artist's collection

The idea is based on 'quipu', a pre-Spanish Aztec knowledge keeper or catcher.


Flower in a Glass Cage

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas on board, 1994
H 410 x W 275mm—$700

'I’ve developed a way to make it look different than a photo, otherwise you may as well take a photo – the thing has to go through the artist.'


Outside Still Life No. 3

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 1997
H 550 x W 390mm—$1500


Surf Highway Pump Shed

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 2011
H 450 x W 350mm—private collection


Taranaki Arrived Flight Path No. 1

ALBY CARTER


Oil on net curtain on board, 2006
H 950 x W 800mm—$2500


Lake Mangamahoe Spillway

ALBY CARTER


Oil and acrylic on board, 2015
H 540 x W 400mm—$800


Ladder and Waterfall
Komene Road

ALBY CARTER


Oil on board, 1995
H 530 x W 520mm—$1500



Bells Falls

ALBY CARTER


Oil on canvas, 2009
H 720 x W 850mm—$2000

 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT