Prairie Princes: A Celebration of the Grain Elevator

Artist: Jason Carter

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 10:00am to Saturday, September 3, 2016 – 5:00pm
Okotoks Art Gallery, 53 North Railway Street

The paintings and book illustrations of Jason Carter are the highlight of a summer-long showcase this year at the Okotoks Art Gallery. An artist who is  much in demand for murals and works of public art, Jason is presenting a new body of paintings created especially for this exhibition.

One of his subjects is the grain elevator; a once dominant symbol of the prairies that signaled not only the activity of farming, but let every traveller know about the presence of a town or village nearby. Of different sizes and shapes, these acrylics fill the large gallery while his illustrations for a new children’s book with author Bridget Ryan, Who is Boo 3, animate the gallery’s smaller space.

Jason’s art is striking for its simplicity and a style that is bright and bold. In his case, less is always more. Important as well is an understated sense of humour, which gives each work its own special charm. The artist, a member of the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta, says he is inspired by the stories told with both wit and wisdom by the elders of the reserve. The insight he is given is an optimistic one, and is conveyed in the work’s crisp confidant design and fluid paint application.

This year is a busy one for Jason, with the unveiling of a major public sculpture in Calgary and the 18 painting series “Urban Animals” on a three-year tour of Alberta.