A true creative and something of a renaissance man, Arthur Brouthers began his career in the arts as a musician, but has now dedicated himself to painting full time. Saturday night, you can see the output of this dedication at his solo show Chroma in a warehouse in SouthEnd. We were first clued into Brouthers when we started following the Culture Initiative, a forum that Brouthers founded with Joel Tracey. Since then we have admired his work at SoZo Gallery and have been anxious to see more! Read our interview with Arthur below and then head over to Chroma on Saturday! We will see you there 🙂
HCLT: Describe yourself in three words.
AB: Curious, determined, hungry (for food)
HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?
AB: I actually can’t remember back that far, but I do remember purposefully coloring outside the lines of a coloring book, then asking my mother if I could make money doing things a little different.
HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?
AB: Most of my inspiration comes from various emotions. For example, when something goes horribly wrong in my life or someone’s close to me, all I can think of are certain colors & patterns and what size canvas I need to start working on. I suppose its a way of channeling the negative into something positive.
Also, my dear old dad, Arthur Brouthers III. Even in retirement, his drive and dedication is truly amazing. I owe my passion for art and work ethic to him.
HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work?
AB: I’ve been focusing more on my version of how vibrations and energy appear, along with heavy layering and colors that many artists typically steer away from. The 50+ paintings I’ve been working on range from 6x6in to 96x96in, utilizing a pouring technique of acrylic paint on wood panel, followed by multiple coats of resin.
HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas right now?
AB: So many come to mind and I’d hate to leave anyone out of the list, so I’ll just say the amazing public art projects popping up throughout the city. With all the cookie cutter condos appearing everywhere, it provides a nice contrast and inspiration for thousands of people daily. Hoping to see more.
HCLT: What is your number one art piece/place/event in this area?
AB: “The Glue That Holds Us Together” – Acrylic & Resin on wood – 96x96x3.5”
One of the pieces I created for my upcoming solo show. Its my interpretation of the frequency that makes it possible for everything in this world to exist.
HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?
AB: It’s actually on my fiancés nightstand. Awesome book for anyone: “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
HCLT: Best meal in the Charlotte area?
AB: My tastes change on a weekly basis, currently it’s Frans Filling station. Best veggie burger in Charlotte hands down!
HCLT: Where can we see your work?
AB: Chroma- 6/4/16 – 2322 Dunavant St. & Sozo Gallery, 214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202. (Facebook Event Page)
HCLT: What is up next?
AB: I’ve been incorporating photography of the human figure in my abstract works, come have a sneak peak June 4th 🙂