Thomas Nygard Gallery - 19th and 20th Century American Art




(b. 1939)

Gary Carter is considered to be one of the most honest contemporary artists today.  Honesty in his execution and display of subject matter is characteristic of his work.  Carter’s themes generally consist of the old west, cowboys of yesterday and today, Indians in their native dress and lifestyle, and animals roaming around Montana’s wilderness.


Born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1939, Carter moved to the west, where he has since remained, in 1971.  After a brief stint in the army immediately following high school, Carter was schooled in art at the Art Center College of Design in California where he studied illustration. Upon graduating with honors, he worked for a design studio nearby, acclaimed for his authenticity and attention to detail.


Carter has maintained a home in Montana near West Yellowstone since 1975.  He was originally invited to stay for a little while to paint on the Sun Ranch in Madison Valley.  However, he loved the area so much, he never left.


In June of 1991, Carter was adopted into the Big Lodge Clan of the Real Bird Family of the Crow Indian Tribe.  He is invited to the reenactment of the Battle of the Little Big Horn which is where some of his inspiration stems from.


Carter continues to enjoy his Montana lifestyle with fly fishing, mountain man rendezvous, cattle roundups and pack trips.

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