Kalish ChildCynthia Chartier
Oil paint, cold wax, sheet music, manuscripts, Russian newsprint, poetry, textiles on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
30 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |5 lbs. 3 oz.
The Kalish Child is the first painting in the Disappearing Tribes series, created to shine a light on the tribes that are slipping away from us. The Kalish people are very kind and gentle, live in the Himalayas and are decedents of Alexander the Great. There are only 3,000 Kalish people in existence.
Cynthia Chartier's portraits are highly narrative. Before beginning a piece, she develops a story about the character. She then uses a range of media in the work and focuses on the eyes to let the story reveal itself to the viewer. This artwork is made of oil paint, cold wax, sheet music, a manuscript from Homers Iliad, Russian newsprint, a manuscript from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin circa 1889, a poem by Lewis Carrol, and textiles from Africa.
Cynthia Chartier combines research and her imagination to create rich backstories about the musicians and poets in her works. She starts each oil painting with a story in mind, and applies rich jewel tones and mixed-media elements, including rare African textiles, foreign newsprint, and manuscripts. In art school, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and Barbara Woods were Cynthia's greatest influences. After graduating, she was swept into the magical world of theater. The Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach hired Cynthia as their scenic artist painting sets. Then, she moved on to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre as their scenic artist painting 40-foot drops and set decoration. Now, she creates her fine art paintings from her studio, which is a well-organized space in her home, and she explains, "the energy is clear and free to take my thoughts mixed with music to that place where you lose yourself and the painting takes on a life of its own." She cares for her tropical fish, a lionhead bunny, and a cat, who are best buddies. Cynthia loves wild animals, and she volunteers at a big cat wildlife rescue, designs aquascapes, and rides Arabian horses.