Six Nations, Niagara Falls Artist Jay Carrier

I’ve been making art my entire life, I actually remember my 1st studio was a closet in my bedroom, I probably was about 6 or 7 years old

There are many different kinds of artists in my family from lacrosse stick makers, stone carvers, beadwork artist, leather workers and of course painters

I paint my life, my thoughts, the philosophies that I’ve studied, the culture and society that I was born into.

December 18, 2012 Painting. Jay Carrier

I was born on the six nations rez near Brantford Ontario, moved to Niagara Falls NY when I was 4

Adapted painting April 2020

Skull ship, acrylic on paper, 22inx30in, July 2022

The things that influence me were not necessarily art movements. The people of the six nations used what we call traditional art in contemporary society are made for different reasons. There was no term for art in our societies

Night painting, acrylic on canvas, 14inx 11in, July 2022

I paint intuitively so spirit can travel unimpeded

written by Jay Carrier

“The places that we dwell and live, the relationships that we form with the natural environment, the people that we surround ourselves with, and the many things that influence our thoughts are reflected in the paintings chosen for this show. I was born and briefly grew up on the Six Nations Reservation but predominately was raised in the Southend downtown Niagara Falls. I was constantly amazed by the city’s surroundings, the river, and, the Niagara gorge. Many memories were made that have a direct reference in these paintings; there were exciting times, there were hard times, there were happy times, and tragic times. These experiences in some regard formed the thoughts and ideas reflected in these paintings.”

There is a poetically tragic, glamorous, and beautiful reality about Niagara Falls. The beauty and seduction of the water as it travels, the brutal stark reality of living in a repressed small city, the fallen industry, the curio identity that was what the world would see…. these are the catalysts for exploring my art in relationship to the city.” -Jay Carrier

Jay Carrier at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York on September 18, 2021 photo by Dawn Carrier

2115 Lockport Road
Niagara Falls, New York 14304
Phone: (716) 534-0489
Studio: 20, NACC, 1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York 14301

1993-94 The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, attended 1 year Masters Program
1993-95 The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Bachelors of Fine Arts
1986-87, 92 The College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, attended, Major, Fine Arts: Painting, Sculpture
1984 Buffalo State College, Attended
1984 Niagara County Community College, Associates in Fine Arts


2021 Free To Roam Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo New York
2020 We Took Things With Us, Buffalo Arts Studio Gallery, Buffalo New York
2019 Places of Transformation/ City Indian, the NACC Gallery Niagara Falls New York
2016 The City is Clean, Recent works, Gallery Eleneneleven, Buffalo, New York
2016 Recent work by: Jay Carrier, Garden Gallery Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Niagara Falls, New York
2014 Recent Drawings, The Garden Gallery, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center Niagara Falls New York
2006 Risen from the Ashes of 2 Fires, American Indian Community House Gallery, New York New York
2004 Chautauqua Center for Visual Arts, Chautauqua Institution Gallery, Chautauqua New York
2002 Polar Visions, Niagara Art and Cultural Center, Niagara Falls, New York
1995 Nothing is Sacred, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe New Mexico
1993 The Blind Pig Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
1993 The Union Gallery, The University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
1993 The South Garage Gallery, The University of Illinois at Champaign/Urban

2020-2021 Native American and First Nations Contemporary Art, K Art Gallery, Buffalo New York
2018 At This Time, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo New York
2017 Beyond the Barrel, Annual Exhibition Niagara Arts and Cultural Center Niagara Falls New York
2016 Amid/In WNY – Part 6, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York
2016 Featured Artist, 24 Below Gallery, Niagara Falls, New York, 2015-2016
2015 Stick, Stone & Steel, Niagara Art and Cultural Center, Niagara Falls, New York
2015 Diversity Works: Selections from the Gerald Mead Collection, El Museo, Buffalo, New York
2011 4 from 6: Four Artists from Six Nations curated by Shelley Niro, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2011 Haudenosaunee: Elements: Works by Artists from the Six Nations of the Iroquois, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
2008 Burgeoning: Artists Invite Artists, You Me Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2006 First Nations Art 2006, Woodland Cultural Center, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
2005 From Deep in the Forest: An Exhibition of Fine Woodworking, Niagara Falls, New York
2004 First Nations Art 2004, Woodland Cultural Center, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
2004 Collects Buffalo State, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York
2003 First Nations Art 2003, Woodland Culture Center, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
2002 1st Annual Exhibition, Niagara Art and Cultural Center Niagara Falls, New York,
2002 The Pan American Exposition Centennial: Images of the American Indian, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York
1997 Where We Stand, Fenimore House Museum, Cooperstown, New York
1995 Expressions of the Spirit, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994 In the Shadow of the Eagle, The Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York
1993 The Second Floor Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
1988 The Galleries, Buffalo, New York
1988 American Indian Institute, Iroquois Art, Connecticut, Washington


2012 The Other New York 2012 XL Projects Syracuse NY

2007 Beyond/ In WNY Biennial, Castellani Museum, Niagara Falls NY


Art Matters Inc., New York, New York, 1994-1995
Artist In Residence, Native American Center for the Living Arts, “The Turtle”, Niagara Falls, NY 1987

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