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The Portfolio of Chickasaw Artist Larry Carter

A painting of four figures in an abstracted compositionOnly Four Returned, oil

Chickasaw artist Larry Carter uses a distinctive, colourful painting style to render nature, architecture, and human subjects with a great sense of energy. The artist has a penchant for highly saturated colours and large, heavy brush marks.

A painting of aspen trees in an abstract compositionWhispers of Fall


I like the almost fragmented appearance of many of Larry’s recent paintings -- I would guess that at least some of these were painted using a palette knife or a similar implement. The works have the same hard-edged, slightly geometric leaning as abstract works by Jeanie Gebhart.

The front page of Larry Carter's art portfolio


Larry’s Chickasaw Art series is especially interesting in the way that it combines abstract aesthetics with figurative subject matter. Horses, bison, trees, and human figures are represented using very sparing yet vivid brush marks. I wonder about the role of the titles in these pieces -- would the figures therein be so easily recognizable without the “clue” of the title?

An abstract painting of figures mounting a hill at sunriseCuster's Last Sunrise, oil

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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