It’s hard to believe that Paul Carter has been gone ten years. I realized that my original ZX Spectrum BASIC memorial to him had got a bit dusty, in that it ran as an outdated Java applet. So I rewrote the code, and put it here: All the Colours We Have (for Paul Carter).
Paul Carter died in a car crash yesterday near Edinburgh. We were inseparable as kids.
He was an inspired artist, even when I knew him. I’ll never forget him asking of his ZX Spectrum: How do I get more colours from this?
This is me and Paul (right) in the summer of 1983. Paul was wearing his Beatles t-shirt, as usual; I think he’d just painted his bedroom wall with scenes from Yellow Submarine. We were just about to set out on a sponsored cycle. We belted round the track at Crookfur Park until everyone else had gone home, leaving one poor hapless lap-counting volunteer waiting in the dusk.
Some of Paul’s artwork on the web:
- Scottish Arts Council Archive: Paul Carter.
- re-title.com: Paul Carter.
- Axis Open Frequency: Paul Carter.
- 12XU Solo Show and Suburban Guerilla book launch, Embassy Gallery
Update, 21 Aug: Paul’s funeral is this Friday in Joppa at St Philip’s Church, Joppa Road at 10.30 am. There is a wake in the church hall after until 1pm. Thanks to Chris Hill and John Beagles for finding this.