(1943 -  )

 

North Carolina artist Benny Carter is best known for his intricate paintings, particularly those of New York City. He also builds birdhouses, totems and whirlygigs and dabbles in any other media that strikes his interest. He says that he had no interest in art when he was in school, but has since devoted most of his adult life to his creations. Visits to New York have made a great impression on Bennie, and it is the subject of many of his paintings. He paints and creates out of a love of art, and not because he can make money from doing it. He will not sell all of the work he creates, and much of it goes into his wife, Teresa's, private collection. It is obvious when viewing Benny's work that he puts a great deal of effort into every single painting whether large or small. His paintings often take several weeks to complete.

Exhibitions:

Outside In: Folk/Outsider Art from the Collection of Dorothy Raymond, The Folk Tree Collection, Pasadena, CA (2002)

Bibliography:

Light of the Spirit: Portraits of Southern Outsider Artists, Goekjian/Peacock; University Press of Mississippi (1998); Self Taught, Outsider and Folk Art, Betty-Carol Sellen (2000)