Carter Agassi

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Painting allows Carter the unique opportunity to be creative everyday, and to view the world in its truest and humble form. Carter’s work is recognized as a personal declaration of independence, a voyage of spiritual self discovery. Growing up as an intuitive creative and with an artist mother, Carter had a paintbrush in her hand before she could even walk. it’s no wonder people take notice of who you are and what you are about. As a natural

A painter’s “Palette” is a rigid, flat surface on which an artist arranges and mixes paints. A palette is usually made of wood and is designed to be held in the artist’s hand and rest on her arm. In Carter’s case “Pallets” are a big part of her art. The “Pallet Portraits” are made of wooden shipping pallets. These Thoreau-like pallet artist panels are versatile, recyclable, sustainable and universally recognized.

Carter Agassi’s repurposing is a spark of green inspiration and a net benefit to the community, not just recycling but up-cycling for a greater purpose as a custom made plank panel for a painting. Each paintings sustainable substrate is composed of the humble, ubiquitous yet highly flexible wooden shipping pallets. The distinctive knotted blemishes, nail holes and worn painted markings add to the inherent character of the well traveled woods, transformed in creative metamorphosis into inspirational works of art. Her raw perspective of subjects is translated in the use of distressed materials, capturing the essence and imperfections of life and in people. The artist believes that within the imperfections, true beauty is discovered.

From a curated collection wooden pallets planks are chosen for their character. The artist panel is then constructed from various planks of different widths and species of trees. The artist then chooses the proper subject portrait that she feels has an affinity with the visual feel and character of the variegated and textured boards. A portrait starts to emerge from the shadows in the face, the distinctive lines of definition with the wood background acting as the contrasting highlights. A star is born and the likeness is unmistakable. Carter has successfully communicated her duality of thoughts regarding her painted subject’s depth and the message of transformed reclaimed wood.

The artistically posterized monotone portrait is a good fit with the rustic, aged look of the wood with a rough porous surface with well worn paint streaks. As is the stenciled, street art looking quotations attributed to the icon emblazoned on the panel. Adding to the depth of her subjects’ storied lives, the wood pallets have a whole other life of travel before being re-purposed as art in resourceful style. Each has a history, as does the sitter, an untold story of the places they have been and the products they have carried. The artist's consciousness of conservation has proudly been diverting landfill waste to live on and inspire us, as portrait paintings on panels of pallet planks entirely original in design. Some of the musician the artist has painted on reclaimed portrait panels: Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Prince, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Holly and Kurt Cobain.

Commission works are available, let the artist create a treasure incorporating your wishes and special requests when possible. The artist specializes in creating custom works for individual clients throughout the world.