Born in Charleston, SC, Arthur Brouthers always remembered being creative. Not having the resources to pursue his desired art education, he settled for a graphic arts degree. As a way of rebelling against his upbringing, Arthur followed a successful musical career that took him all over the country. Though this career provided him with a creative outlet, he knew something was missing. Tapping into a dormant creative outlet, he dove back into art and painting. Teaming up with a fellow art enthusiast, he helped create a successful organization called Culture Initiative in Charlotte, NC. Culture Initiative is a creative forum and platform for local artists. Organizing over 30 shows in 5 years for Southeast artists was a tremendous learning experience. Though he loved helping other creatives find their voice, Arthur used this inspiration to concentrate his efforts on a full time path as an artist.
The original paint spill that started it all was an accident that he has dedicated his life to exploring. Mixing paint with a multitude of mediums and applications helps him create an unique effect. It is a delicate and unforgiving process that can only mature after much trial and error. From start to finish, the process is therapeutic for Arthur; a form of meditation. Still dabbling in music from time to time, he has launched a much anticipated art career, showing at Sozo Gallery in Uptown Charlotte, Arthur is an innovative artist on the cusp of impacting the world of fine art. His ever-evolving talent is one to watch.
The innovation of the technique I utilize in my work is based on years of experimentation with acrylic paint, various mediums, and manipulating the environment. The results are not entirely predictable; which parallels the natural world my work emulates. The amorphous shapes and colors are easily found in nature; whether being under a microscope, through a telescope, or viewed by our own eyes. I pour the paint and create a reaction that mimics natural phenomena, forming images in an unorganized unity. A thick clear medium is often applied to finished pieces, providing a looking glass into an ever evolving natural reaction. The viewer is left to find resonance between the piece and their own perception.