In their west London studio, the Carters produce the abstract neon-hued pieces that have created a huge buzz in the art buyers market. Rob and Nick Carter don't produce paintings:...

In their west London studio, the Carters produce the abstract neon-hued pieces that have created a huge buzz in the art buyers market. Rob and Nick Carter don’t produce paintings: light and photosensitive paper are used instead of paint and canvas.

“It’s the most basic photographic technique,” Rob told the Times. “We ‘paint’ with fibreoptic lights.” In total darkness, the image is built up by exposing Cibachrome paper to increments of coloured light. “We have an idea of what we want to achieve, but when you’re working in the dark, you don’t know what you’re going to get until the piece is developed,” says Nick. “Sometimes accidents work.” It is this element of chance that gives their work such energy. Happy “accidents” are mounted onto sheets of aluminium, and paint is sometimes added to heighten the colour.

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