A partnership between the husband and wife artistic duo - Rob and Nick Carter - based in London and collaborating since their marriage in 1998. Born in 1668 and 1969, the two of them met in 1985 at Uppingham School in Leicestershire.
Nick graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA in fine art and art history, becoming a manager of the Groucho club - where she campaigned to get alumni such as Damien Hirst to contribute artwork to the collection.
Rob was working for PR and advertising clients as a photographer, although like Nick missed being in a studio and became increasingly disillusioned. It wasn’t until Rob asked Nick to paint over his photographs that they began to sell their work, the first, an album cover for Hang David.
Their debut was in 2000 at London’s Cork Street, a financial risk that was rewarded when the exhibition sold out over the proceeding days. The two of them used the Groucho Club as a medium through which they could find potential buyers to sell their art to.
The couple’s work includes photography, light instillations, moving pictures and reconstructions of old paintings through the use of new technology. In 2013, they collaborated with MPC visual effects company and animated 17th century old Masters paintings through their Transforming series.
The series debuted at the Maastricht Art Fair in 2012 with Still Life, a digitalised version of Ambrosius Bosschaert The Elder’s ‘Base with Flowers in a Window’ (1618). The work occurred as a response to the duo’s frustration at the short time people spend in front of art.
After taking three years to loop the video, the artwork was a success and through it Transforming Still Life became the first work by a living artist to be displayed at New York’s Frick collection, leading to Rob and Nick being shortlisted for the Sovereign Art Prize and the John Moores Painting Prize.
Yoga Photographs consisted of 55 images of a naked model holding a pose on a sheet of Cibachrome paper - being exposed to light so as to create a negative. Shades of blue remain in the boundaries between solid blacks and whites.
Positive, Negative Painting Photograph
Rob and Nick Carter
Screen print and lithograph
Positive, Negative Painting Photogrpah by Rob and Nick Carter forms part of the Turkish Tulips Portfolio which is currently available here.