Rob and Nick Carter /   Rob Carter and Nick Carter

United Kingdom

Installation, Sculpture, Digital Art, Photography, New Media Art

Rob and Nick Carter
Rob Carter and Nick Carter
United Kingdom
March 21, 2016

Rob and Nick Carter are a married couple from London, who engaged more than their love in holy matrimony. What they have, is a marriage of many contemporary art unities. They work in the field of photography, light installations, painting and moving pictures. Rob and Nick are mostly famous for reconstructing old paintings in new technology, by adding them another dimension. Old oil paintings are becoming a unique 3D visual experience for the audience. For technical support in Transforming, from 2013, they turned to MPC – a British visual effects company and made 17th century Old Masters paintings into living and moving burst of art. They use the best technology there is to bring out the best in what made a long time ago. The praise and admiration they receive definitely make it up for all the long hours or rendering images.

Rob and Nick transform 17th century Old Masters paintings into living art

Painting a New Dimension

Flowers blossom, hands move, the pictures live. They perform this transformation so well, it is hard to believe there is a high definition screen inside of the old looking frame. How we view art in the 21st century is so far away from how it was made before. We look at it online, on our screens, and only occasionally in museums. That idea had been leading this dynamic duo into a creative journey of generating new art under a wonderful contradiction – mixing the old and the new. Their first picture was Vase with Flowers in a Window, done by Ambrosius Bosschaert. After the transformation the day becomes night, flowers bloom and insects fly. What they wanted is to make the audience feel the life bursting out of the paintings, they wanted them to stay in front of them for more than just a minute, to make them experience what the master painter originally experienced while making the painting.

Carters did Chinese Whishpers series to explore the notion of the truth

Rob and Nick Carter - Chinese Whispers (detail) , 2015, photo credits artists website
Rob and Nick Carter – Chinese Whispers (detail), 2015, photo credits artists website

The Consistency of Originality

Rob’s specialty is fine art photography while Nick practices painting. They met in school and they’ve been working together for 15 years. The Carters work with new technologies and they mix it with sculpture, painting, photography and installations. Continuously evolving, they embrace the best of what there is and express themselves in contemporary style while creating the stunning sensory experience. For their 2015 work, Chinese Whispers, they selected 20 Andy Warhol works to be remade by Chinese artists. The copies were replicated over and over, and while staying almost the same, there were glimpses of every artist’s work. Nothing can be copied to perfection without leaving, at least, the most subtle, the smallest change in comparison to the original. Going to great depths to contemplate an idea and great lengths to realize it, Carters did this series to explore the notion of the truth.

Carters raise the question of how we perceive art

Rob and Nick Carter - Pigment Painings (detail), 2012, photo credit
Rob and Nick Carter – Pigment Painings (detail), 2012, photo credit

We Live in Beautiful Technicolor World

Questioning age-old questions such as the nature of truth, or the consistency of originality, Rob and Nick Carter always go the extra mile to make an innovative, original, fresh art that is suited both for the 21st-century tech generations and educated art critiques. No challenge is unconquerable for this imaginative couple. Whether that is making Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus dream peacefully surrounded by beautiful landscapes or discussing the concept of truth, Rob and Nick never fail to amaze the art world. They examine the status of an artist in Britain, they make pixelated paintings raising the question of how we perceive art, they even make pigment painting photographs in the sky to show us in how beautiful technicolor world we live. Deep, meaningful, explorative, the Carters give a beautiful contribution to contemporary art.

The artists are represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Rob and Nick Carter live and work in London.

All images © Rob and Nick Carter

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015TransformingMOCA Virginia, USASolo
2015Chinese WhispersThe Fine Art Society Contemporary, LondonSolo
2015Rob and Nick CarterArt Central Hong KongGroup
2015Rob and Nick CarterThe Fine Art Society, Masterpiece Art Fair, LondonGroup
2014Rob and Nick Carter: Recent WorkJenkins Johnson Gallery, San FransiscoGroup
2014Rob and Nick CarterArt Miami, Miami BeachGroup
2014Rob and Nick CarterThe Fine Art Society ART14, Olympia Grand Hall, LondonGroup
2013TransformingThe Fine Art Society Contemporary, LondonSolo
2013Rob and Nick Carter - Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the MauritshuisThe Frick Collection, New YorkGroup
2013Transforming Still Life PaintingDutch Still Life Galleries, Manchester Art Museum, ManchesterGroup
2013Rob and Nick Carter - Pulse New YorkThe Fine Art Society, New YorkGroup
2013TEFAFThe Fine Art Society Contemporary, MaastrichtGroup
2013Rob and Nick CarterArt13 London, The Fine Art Society, LondonGroup
2012Pulse MiamiThe Fine Art Society, MiamiGroup
2012From 1820 to NowThe Fine Art Society, Hong KongGroup
2012The British CutThe Space, Hong KongGroup
2012Resistance: Subverting the CameraThe Fine Art Society, LondonGroup
2012TEFAFThe Fine Art Society, MaastrichtGroup
2011Postcards From VegasThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2011Postcards From VegasThe Fine Art Society Contemporary, LondonSolo
2011Art HK 11The Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2010RevolveThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2010Harmonograph Display in conjunction with the exhibition Shadow CatchersPhotography Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonGroup
2010TondoThe Fine Art Society, LondonGroup
2007Twelve LuminogramsThe Fine Art Society Contemporary, LondonSolo
2007Luminaries and VisionariesKinetica Museum, LondonGroup
2006Drawing with LightShire Hall Gallery, StaffordshireSolo
2006Painting with LightBourne Fine Art, ScotlandSolo
2005Nouvelles OeuvresKashya Hildebrand Gallery, ZurichSolo
2005Painting Photographs, Light Paintings and Light SculpturesThe Fine Art, Society Contemporary, LondonSolo
2005What is and What Never Should Be, in collaboration with The British Arts CouncilSaid Business School, OxfordSolo
2004Into the Light, film collaboration with Leeds band ‘The Music’City Art Gallery, Leeds, LeedsGroup
2003Rob and Nick CarterMark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, Los AngelesSolo
2003Recent Light PaintingsEyestorm, LondonSolo
2002Painting with LightMuseum of Neon Art, Los AngelesSolo
2002Recent WorkThe Gallery in Cork Street, LondonSolo
2002A Colour Changing InstallationMuseum of Neon Art, LA, USAGroup
2001Rob and Nick CarterThe Market Gallery, LondonSolo
2001Painting with LightThe Gallery in Cork Street, LondonSolo
2001Some Versions of Light (curated by Greville Worthington)The Telephone Repeater Station, YorkshireGroup