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Houston Artist Craig Carter to exhibit in South Africa

Versatility speaks volumes in his art work, this artist uses various mediums to craft his skill and he predominantly utilises inks and audacious acrylics such as coffee and tea while experimenting with different tones and textures. Incorporating bold lines scattered with lively and energetic colours to express different emotions and expression, music also plays a big part in his creative process as he paints and draws while listening to music allowing him to zone out, letting his fingers dance to music.

Craig Carter was born in Houston, Texas. He says he grew up like any other black child in the ‘hood’, “I grew up in a single parent house hold, those that know Houston would call it “ALIEF” or the SWAT. Craig played basketball and attained a hobby in creating art, in order to keep himself occupied in a community where drugs plagued the youth.

Although art was not seen as a serious career by many, with the encouragement of his friends and people in college asking him to draw and paint for them, Craig started to realise his passion for the craft, “Art made me the man that I am today. Inspiring the youth is the main reason the crafter constantly creates his artwork”.

The artist is part of the group that will exhibit their work at the International Artlit Exhibition taking place in the Northern Cape, Kimberley on the 10th of October 2019 at the William Humphreys Art Gallery, “I am so excited and honoured to be part of this amazing exhibition that will be connecting people from different cultures and continents. I hope my artwork will inspire the youth to never give up on their dreams, and to continue to push for greatness. It will be amazing to finally see the country South Africa. Words cannot describe the sensation I feel,” expresses the eager artist.  The art that he will exhibit in SA is one that depicts several poems; Black Plum, for Billie Holiday and The child shot dead by soldiers by inyanga. Craig says he is generally also inspired by artists like Justin Bua, Ernie Barnes and Basqiuat, among others.

Speaking to the curator of the exhibition Jowhari Trahan, she says that she has known Craig for several years and instantly connected with him online while she was working as an editor for a magazine, “His work spoke volumes and was captivating, like a melody of colours that spoke to my soul. They told stories that were breath taking documentaries on canvas,” she says. Their online relationship grew and the two had dialogues about the importance of art which lead them to discussing international exhibitions. “Sometimes we have to introduce ourselves to the world and grow our audience,” Jowhari added.  When the two artists finally met early this year, they started to build on their vision of the ArtLit Movement.  Their story is a fairy-tale that illustrates the power and benefits of social media, “The exhibition will open doors for many artists, curators and authors affording them an opportunity to have conversations and share their work across various avenues,” commented the curator.

The talented, self-trained visual artist has exhibited his work both on national and international platforms such as the Mano a Mano in Atlanta, Citywide African American Art Exhibition in Houston, Segnalati Exhibition in Rome where he also bagged an award for ‘Outstanding Artists Award’. He co-curated the Ti-Rock Exhibition at the Houston Museum of African American Culture which portrayed the harsh realities and difficulties that black people in America experience. “It is always important to show a positive representation of African American people and our culture through art,” says Carter. The painters work has furthermore been featured in the Bury Free Press, publications such as the Taji Magazine, Urban Tymes Intl, Kapabokone Magazine, Blaque Canvas Magazine, and NWI Times.

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