Interview with Artist / Charlton Palmer | Edition VII
Describe your art as if we were blind:
Hmm. Good Question. I would say imagine hearing a song by the best singer of all time. Mix the words and harmony with what you heard in the News. Add a beat from Nas – MADE YOU LOOK. Add a Bible Scripture, a load noise, and there you have my ART describe to you.
How is the internet changing your craft?
I cant say it’s “changing” my craft, but I think the internet has opened up a large avenue to other Artistic styles around the World to me. I get inspired and challenged by seeing new and different Styles. Creativity, as long as you have it, will always “change” your direction from 1 piece to another. I’m always changing to get to a better level. I will challenge myself to stimulate my audience‘s eyes. But I will not change for the sake of Change. As an Artist I’ve learned to always be yourself and have the courage to be yourself.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Yes!! #1 God has given me this gift, so that’s the most important reason to not let it go to waste. I’ve realized my Art has a power about it that communicates to people.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
No, I actually quit ART at 19 years old. I was out of High School, needed money, and I didn’t want to be the Starving Artist. Back then ,like now, I was deathly allergic to being poor. I feel now though I have grown out of those fears and now I just need the clients to keep the lights on, food on the table, and the car running.
Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
Children, teaching them to use their young minds to create. Motivating them to be positive leaders of our future.
They say great art is stolen, what have you stolen/learned from another artist lately?
Ha ha ha, are you calling me a theft? There’s no such thing as stealing in Art, because no idea is a original idea. I’ve learned from other artists, is that I should always be better than my last work. The Artist Gilbert Young told me “Don’t be like your favorite Artist, be Greater then your favorite Artists”. There’s a courage you need to do something you never knew you can do. Stealing in Art would be taking someone’s work, stratching their name off it and putting your own to call it your own. Which is disgusting to me.
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” With that said, Art can and will have a relationship with the World. When I think of a relationship, I think about a love and appreciation for someone else. I can say that not a lot of people appreciate Art. The world can’t have no art, that’s impossible. God ,the supreme Artist, created all the beauty in the world. Man has always stopped to adored God’s canvas. The world will always love Art. I believe God put that in each of us, that’s why HE created colors.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
My goals are to have my Art in everyone’s home. I would like to get commissioned to work with Corporations. Featured in a lot of Art Galleries in Europe, Asia, Africa. I have a goal to inspire children in hospitals, schools, churches, inner-cities, and third world countries to create Art for themselves.