1958-1963: Twickenham and Kingston schools of art
1951-1974: Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (later known as Camberwell School of Art and Design)
When Carter finished his studies at Kingston in 1963 a Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship took him to Italy, where he made his first abstract constructed works, at the British School at Rome. Back in England he won two Arts Council Awards and, in 1983, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Warwick Arts Trust, London. Carter was a tutor at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, until his retirement from the post in 1999. He now lives and works in London. John Carter was elected Royal Academician (Sculptor) in May 2007.
An important turning point was reached when Carter participated in the international show Die Ecke at Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg, Germany, where he made his first contact with European concrete and constructive artists. He has since exhibited widely in Europe, Japan and the USA. Carter is influenced by European concrete and constructivist artists, and says his printmaking relates closely to the processes of experimentation and research towards the making of his ‘wall objects’. Often with a mathematical basis, these are the forms for which the abstract sculptor is perhaps best known.
A solo exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy in 2013, entitled John Carter RA: Between Dimensions.