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ABOUT JASON CARTER (The 'Carter' in Carter-Ryan)

Jason Carter is one of Canada’s most exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artists. Most recently, Jason installed over 45 original pieces at the new International Terminal at The Calgary International Airport, which officially opened October 31, 2016.

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 the International Press Conference kicking off the event. Jason has had seven solo shows in the past five years and has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Winter Light Festival, The Works International Visual Arts Society, The Edmonton Arts Council, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, The Government of Canada and most recently, The Edmonton International Airport to create a 60’ x 7’ permanent installation/mural for the new EIA opening Summer 2012, with an expected viewing of over 1 million people per year.

In January 2012, The Art Gallery of Alberta launched Jason's URBAN ANIMALS, a 3-year touring exhibit that travels through Alberta, creating awareness about indiginous animals vs urban sprawl. For more information: http://www.youraga.ca 

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. In 2012, Jason was part of Avenue Magazine's TOP 40 Under 40 and that same year, was awarded the Emerging Artist Award at Mayor's Evening of the Arts Celebration. 


He illustrated his first children’s 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 Cree for ‘trickster character’). The art show/book launch opened at the Royal Alberta and was later on Display at the Art Gallery of Calgary July 2013 through September 2013.  Since then, he has illustrated two more, Who is Boo TWO: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit and Urban Animals, a series of paintings touring as part of Art Gallery of Alberta's TREX Program through June 2015.


Jason Carter is currently represented by The Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, The Town Square Gallery in Oakville Ontario, The Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and at the Carter-Ryan Gallery in Canmore Alberta. His carving studio is located in Edmonton Alberta and Jason currently splits his time 70/30 Canmore - Edmonton.  Jason is member of the Little Red River Cree Nation and he paints and/or carves at least seven days a week. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Being an artist who divides their time equally painting and carving, I have been gifted the opportunity to express myself through two mediums, stone and canvas, and both I approach with humor and optimism. In the world we live in, there is much to be cynical about, but I have found an outlet that I, myself, gather much joy and light, and am so fortunate to be able to pass that joy on. As a Aboriginal man from the Little Red River Cree Nation, I gather much inspiration from the stories passed on by elders within my community, stories that have evolved and changed, some documented, some not, but the essence of these characters are passed on through the years. As an artist, I am inspired by the essence of some of these characters and then, in keeping with the tradition of my indigenous roots, create new stories filled with wonder and morals, and bring them to life through my chosen medium, canvas and stone with written word.

 

As a contemporary Aboriginal artist in pursuit of becoming my true authentic self (in this ever evolving culture), I am aware that much of my craft comes from an innate ability that I have been born with, and believe this to be a blessing and a responsibility, both of which I take very seriously. I am continuously using my gift to create new stories inspired from traditional characters with my stone and canvas. I seek inspiration from the past as I create a bold and colorful future.“

To learn more about Jason Carter, please visit www.jasoncarter.ca

 

ABOUT BRIDGET RYAN (The 'Ryan' in Carter-Ryan) 

Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director and television host in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program in 1993 and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 1996 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama's and several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before working for producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin, where she learned a thing or two about producing. Bridget has performed all over Canada and landed in Edmonton, where she became Co-Host of CityTV's Breakfast Television to this very day. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Comsumer Choice Awards in Edmonton. 

Her partnership with Jason Carter started several years ago, when she began writing the descriptives for his carvings at his first show in 2008, giving each carving a character, a life. She was equally fixated on a rabbit that Jason had carved and called Nanabozho, which is Ojibiway for 'Trickster Rabbit'. It wasn't soon after that, Bridget and Jason were creating several stories for this 'trickster rabbit' and soon, the children's book 'WHO IS BOO: THE TERRIFIC TALES OF ONE TRICKSTER RABBIT' was revealed at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. Since then, WHO IS BOO 2' came out, as well as 'Urban Animals' and 'WHO IS BOO 3' is coming out Christmas 2014. The book is currently being developed into a Children's Television series as well as a full scale musical. She is so excited by this venture. 'Follow your bliss'. Best advice.