John Michael Carter (American, b. 1950) Oil on canvas titled "Laundress" depicting a woman taking down clothing dried outdoors on a sunny day. The woman's look is impassive, and she appears to be wearing a maid's uniform with an apron. Though clotheslines may no longer be common, this 'slice of life' painting achieves timelessness through the woman's actions and her inscrutable expression. Is this painting social commentary? The woman's expression seems purposeful; she keeps her inner life hidden as she completes a routine task for others. Though the day is beautiful and bright, she keeps her own counsel as she goes about her work. Some of the laundry has fallen from the lines or has been tossed carelessly on the ground; the viewer doesn't know which. Does this impression change our view of the laundress? Either way, this work speaks to the beauty and the boredom of everyday life. Sight: 15.375" W x 11.375" H. Framed: 19.75" W x 15.75" H.
Artist Bio: John Michael Carter was born in Chicago, IL. He began his first studies in drawing with his father at the age of 16. In 1968, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. In 1970, Mr. Carter moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Art Center College of Design. There, he received a background in the major classical schools of painting and graduated with a B.F.A. Degree in 1972.
For ten years, Mr. Carter taught drawing and painting for the University of Kentucky at Jefferson Community College. He also has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country including the Scottsdale Artist School, the Dallas Arts League, and the Arts Club of Cincinnati. Since 1975, he has had 27 one-man shows and participated in many group exhibitions and national competitions. He has exhibited with Grand Central Gallery in New York. In 1988 Mr. Carter was one of the four top award winners at the "Arts for the Parks" competition, and he was one of fifty artists selected to show at the 1991 Hubbard Museum "Award for Excellence".
Mr. Carter's portraits include governors, senators and university presidents as well as corporate and civic leaders. His paintings hang in the collections of Phillips Petroleum Corporation; TRW Corporation, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the McDonald's Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois; the Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky; the State Capitol Museum in Frankfort, Kentucky, and in many other corporate collections. Source: Long Gallery
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John Michael Carter, "Laundress" Oil Painting