Not For Web | Identical Shapes: Green (framed)

by John Carter RA

This work is part of the Keeper’s House display John Carter RA: In Print, on show in The Belle Shenkman Room from 12 September 2019.

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Artwork details

Dimensions 35 x 46cm
Fabric & material Screenprint
Edition 50
Artist VAT Number GB239367631

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Product story

“To me, printmaking has become an adjunct to drawing and another way of expressing my ideas in relation to my three-dimensional work.”
John Carter RA, 2019

John Carter RA is well known for his three-dimensional work: angular, plywood forms which are often described as a “dialogue between painting and sculpture”. His printmaking has a strong relationship with these works, containing all of the signature elements of his practice: mathematical proportions, rotated shapes and flat coloured planes. Chosen for their dynamic composition, the prints selected for In Print range from earlier woodblock prints to more recent screenprints and etchings.

This work is composed of one of the enduring motif’s in Carter’s practice; his ‘Identical Shapes’. To give the squares orientation, they are truncated by cutting off an angle on one side. The new shape can then be rotated or flipped where, unlike a square which appears the same every way up, the orientation of these shapes is clear to see.

In this print the green and black Identical Shapes exist on two parallel planes, both of which follow a pattern potentially extending beyond the edge of the paper. The two types of Identical Shapes interact in some cases fitting together perfectly, in others leaving conspicuous gaps between the forms which creates a tension between the two layers.

Identical Shapes: Green was published by The Friends of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and produced at The Print Studio Cambridge.


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About John Carter RA

John Carter RA is best known for his abstract sculptures. His work is frequently described as being a dialogue between painting and sculpture. It consists mainly of constructed “wall-objects”, often with a mathematical basis. Fully three-dimensional works have been less frequent in his output.


Carter was born in Middlesex in 1942 and studied at the Twickenham School of Art from... Go to artist page