STEVE COFFEY Artist's Statement
" My work is elemental, with a focus on nature and the forces with which humanity has...
Jason Carter is one of Canada’s most exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artists, celebrated for both his paintings and his carvings. He was the only artist in Alberta to have had a feature showing at Alberta House on Alberta Day at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and as such, was publicly acknowledged by the Minster of Culture at an International Press Conference kicking off the event. His work has been acquired into dozens of private collections (The City Of Edmonton, AFA, Rogers Media, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to name a few) as well, he has had several exciting public shows, including the Royal Alberta Museum and the Indian and Northern Affairs Public Art Display in Ottawa, Ontario.
Jason has had seven solo shows in the past three years and has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of Alberta, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers of Canada, Winter Light Festival, The Works International Visual Arts Society, The Edmonton Arts Council, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Government of Canada and most recently, The Edmonton International Airport to create a 100ft x 7ft permanent installation/mural for the new Edmonton International Airport which opened Summer 2012, with an expected viewing of over 1 million people per year.
He created permanent murals for the Amiskwaskahegan (Beaver Hills Park) in Edmonton and was one of three artists part of the LRT/SOUTH Extension beautification project. He was recently celebrated as ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts in Edmonton. Jason illustrated his first Childrens’ book April 2011, “WHO IS BOO: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit” inspired by his first carving of a rabbit which he called ‘Nanabozho’ (which is an Ojibwe trickster character). He recently completed an 18-paining series for the Art Gallery of Alberta part of the T-REX Program called ‘Urban Animals’ which will tour Alberta for 3 years, and is excitedly preparing for his next children’s book of the same name, ‘Urban Animals’, which comes out December 6, 2012.
Jason Carter is currently represented by The Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, The Town Square Gallery in Oakville Ontario and this past year, opened his own gallery, The Carter-Ryan Gallery in Canmore Alberta. Jason is member of the Little Red River Cree Nation and he paints and/or carves at least seven days a week.