Doug Carter

making visual art and playing the blues

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Doug was born and educated in Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  He creates assemblage, drawings, prints and paintings.  He has been participating in the Hamilton art scene since 1973 and the Niagara arts scene since 2005.

In 1999, Doug conceived of, participated in and curated “BEAFRAID!” for the Art Gallery of Hamilton‘s “Countdown To The Millennium” series. with Hamilton assemblage artists Ray Cinovskis, Chriseddy, Chris Hartnett, Brian Kelly and Jim Mullin.  Over his ten years at the Carnegie Gallery, Doug was responsible for finding and staging the invitational group exhibitions: “Monoprints & Monotypes”, “The Drawing Show”, ”Regional Sculpture: Past, Present, Future”, “Self-Portraits”, “15 Women Photographers” and “The United State of Assemblage”.  In December 2004, Doug left the Carnegie Gallery and Dundas and now lives and creates in Port Colborne.

As well as the visual arts, he has been an active member of the Hamilton music scene, in particular Blues Rock.  In 2010 Seraphim Editions published his memoir, “Cool Fool, Blues Rockin’ The Hammer”, his memories of the late 50’s throughl 2003 of dancin’ to the music and playing the bass in rockin’ Blues bands in Hamilton and throughout southern Ontario and beyond.

While putting the memoir together, Mike “Guitar Mikey” McMillan, whom Doug had played for in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reconnected and asked him to collaborate on the writing of a new album on which he was embarking.  In April 2011, “Out of the Box” was released on Earwig Music.   In the summer of 2011 it reached #1 on the Canadian Blues Rock chart and #7 on the US Blues Rock chart as well as receiving airplay in Australia and Germany.

In the summer of 2013 Doug’s exhibition “the Boat Show”, influenced by his close proximity to the Welland Canal portion of the Seaway and to Lake Erie, was shown at Arts Place Gallery, Port Colborne.

In early 2015, he was asked to exhibit a retrospective of his assemblage and constructed painting work at the Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario.  The exhibition “Forged In The Hammer” then went on with some changes to Bryce Kanbara’s you/me gallery in Hamilton, Ontario as “Broke, Busted & Badly Bent”.

The fall of 2016 saw the return of 2010s “Juke Joints Jumpin'”. The drawings hadn’t been exhibited in the south Niagara region and an opportunity came up at Port Colborne’s Arts Place Gallery.  Re titled “Juke Joint Drawings” it consisted of the best of the original drawings plus a number of recent ones.

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Written by Doug Carter

30/07/2013 at 12:10 pm

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  1. […] Doug was born and educated in Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  He creates assemblage, drawings, prints and paintings.  He has been participating in the Hamilton art scene since 1973 and the Niagara arts scene since 2005.  As well as being involved in the visual arts he has also written a memoir published in 2010, “Cool Fool, Blues Rockin’ “, in the Hammer about his experiences as a bass player and song writer.  In 2011, the CD “Out of theBox” that he helped Guitar Mikey McMillan write hit the blues charts.  Find out more about Doug at […]

    • Doug: Nice of you to drop by 20-Mod Retro Shop last weekend. It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Not sure you will get this, but, as I do not have your email or phone, I have to assume you will receive this greeting, or not, as fate will have it. Let’s do get together for a coffee some time soon, always fascinated to hear about the real history of Canadian blues scene, and, like to know what you are up to as artist entrepreneur. Cheers! Rene’ Huard 20-Mod Retro Shop

      Rene Huard

      10/02/2017 at 9:01 pm

  2. Hi Doug: Great to see you are having a show at You/Me…. we will see it… unfortunately we cannot make the opening because we will be at Long Beach camp ground as participants of Bolerama…. a meeting of weak-minded incontinent beings whose only joy in life is going to trailer camps across southern ontario specifically to meet with equally weak-minded souls whose sole purpose in life is to meet with equally boring folk who happen to want to live in a plastic egg………well!!!!… these are my kind of people. We will be at the Bolerama from Friday to sunday afternoon if you want to hook up and if you are in town… by the way since we are out of town you can crash at our house if you like – my son-in-law is working on the 2nd fl apartment and we can leave a key with bryce if you like. . let me know.. and keep Aug.29th open – my 70,th here.. we will rock.
    Mr Jim

    Jim, Mr. Jimbo,Chambers, AKA - "Soul Nuts"

    06/07/2015 at 8:41 pm

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