(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Longtime Chewelah artist featured at October’s First Thursday…
Chances are the next First Thursday featured artist won’t be a mystery to you.
Chewelah’s very own Narada Carter will be showcasing “Visionary Realism and Design” at the Trails End Art Gallery on Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and his art will remain there well into November.
Carter, who is self-taught but also attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle earning a bachelor’s degree for Fine Arts in Design, is a familair name as his artwork has appeared on various t-shirts and other mediums in the Chewelah area beginning about two decades ago.
And his show will be very much a retrospective and include his artwork from years part.
“I try to bring awareness to the beauty that surrounds us,” Carter said. “It’s easy to just turn on the TV and get depressed about the world.”
A Jenkins High School graduate, Carter began he work in the late 80s and early 90s, working on shirts and leather jackets. His art stands out with its fractal geometry and patterns that Carter said represents the holistic connectedness of our environment and ecosystem.
The Chewelah artist said he was initially inspired by fantasy art and surrealism. He began drawing in his younger days. That eventually turned into airbrushing and now he paints in acrylics and oils.
He calls inspiration for his pieces somewhat elusive, as those “ah-ha!” moments just don’t pop up like midday traffic.
“Sometimes I look at something and get inspiration,” Carter said. “Sometimes I daydream and sometimes its just a series of synchronized experiences.”
He begins sketching small and then gradually the project gets larger and larger before it turns into the final painting. Paintings can take several months to complete.
The Chewelah artist had shown before in the Seattle and Spokane area, even showing his art with David Govedare. He spent four years in Seattle and one in Spokane before moving back to his hometown.
“When I was in Seattle my art was less natural and more editorial story telling because I was an illustration major, my art was more editorial story telling,” Carter said. “It was a huge inspiration coming back here.”
After a break where he spent time building a house, he now has a studio space that’s a little bigger than the “hallway” he worked in before. He’s already showcased some art at Paul’s Coffee and has recently showcased a Browns Lake artpiece of which prints will be available for people to purchase at the show.
“With my art there are realistic elements that have a symbolic meaning, but some of the forest paintings are are just studies of the natural fractal geometry of nature. Unity through duality is a recurring theme in my work and fractal geometry, which is the order of chaos, is a living example of this.”
Carter said his artwork is sometimes mistaken as digital artwork but he said he does all his pieces in the traditional was, from sketches to painting on a canvas.
“Right now it seems pop surrealism is super trendy and that can sometimes be very dark,” Carter said. “I try to have a vision with realism that is inspirational and uplifting.”
Carter hopes to show more in Spokane and Seattle. He also does commission and sometimes gets commissioned to do designs for companies as he has graphic design background.
“As far as pattern and geometry in my work, this generally symbolizes interconnectedness. Artists have used the divine proportion, or the golden mean, what has recently been coined “sacred geometry”, since the time of Pythagoris. These laws are written into nature whether you realize it or not,” Carter said. “While many of the Old Masters designed their composition around the divine proportion, I’m more interested in revealing the sacred geometry that already exists in nature.”
So if you’re looking to find some inspiration in our local surrounding, check out a homegrown artist at Trails End Gallery on Oct. 5.