MYLES CARTER AKA MEO COP 9 (1965- 2018)
Myles Carter, also known as MEO COP (Son of jazzman Ron Carter).
“Myles Carter is an American painter and graffiti artist, who has, over the years, developed a style that is deeply rooted in a conceptual framework that embodies the aesthetics, ideals and social structures.
Myles Carter was born 1965 in New York City and grew up in Manhattan’s Upper West side, in an environment that nurtured creativity – his father Ron is a renowned jazz bassist and his mother was a longtime trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem. After attending the Bank Street School, Myles was accepted into JHS 104 on East 21st Street which required a portfolio submission and passing an entrance exam for admittance. High school followed at Music and Art. Additionally, he went to the Art Students League ‘for drawing nudes and still lifes’, he says. Of this foundation he says, ‘that was my artistic root. Parallel to all of that structured art instruction I also was a graffiti writer.’ He had an early awareness of graffiti through the tagged subway cars of the early 1970’s.
Using the pseudonym Metro, in the late 1970s and 1980s, he was associated with crews such as RTW – Rolling Thunder Writers, noted for experimentation with unusual brands of paint and getting distinctive results. His tag Metro had evolved over time into MEO – Mathematical Equation Of… ‘In my art there’s a lot of mathematics’, as the artist himself states.