Cara Enteles is best known for her nature, landscape paintings on Aluminum and Plexiglas panels. “My work is the result of my fascination and study of the natural world.” She has developed a unique technique that combines silkscreen printing and oil painting on these industrial substrates. The aluminum has a reflective ground that changes with the light, mimicking the natural world. The acrylic is built up in transparent layers painting on multiple sides to create great depth.
Enteles is a 20 year resident of the Upper Delaware Valley which is the source of inspiration for her work.
Enteles' work is exhibited nationwide and in Europe. She is currently working on a large public commission that will be a realized in laminated glass train Station for the MTA Arts and Design. Her work is featured in many Public Collections including Microsoft, The Norwegian Cruise Line, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as well as numerous private collections.
Awards include MTA Arts and Design Commission for Merillon Avenue LIRR Train Station, Guest Artist at Singinawa Tiger Preserve, Kanha, India, 2011, inclusion in the Art in Embassies program, a Fellowship to the Julia & David White Artist's Colony, 2005, a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 2004-2008, and a grant from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Fellowship for the Visual Arts, 2002.
Her work has been shown at Wave Hill, The Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center, The Long Island Museum and The Islip Art Museum. She earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design and has also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Enteles is represented by Amy Simon Fine Art in Connecticut, Sara Nightingale Gallery in New York and Walker Fine Art in Denver. In the UK and Europe she is represented by Strange Tracey Gallery.
Cara Enteles is best known for her landscape paintings that are personal interpretations of nature. “My work is the visual diary of an ongoing fascination with the natural world.” Enteles is based in the western Catskill mountains, where she often experiences the woods, streams and river nearby. Hiking or mountain biking, always with a sketch pad and camera. She also has a large garden which serves as her muse. This proximity to nature allows her to spend time observing and translating the experiences to her paintings.
The choice of the aluminum and acrylic substrates is deliberate. The slightly reflective surface changes with the light, mimicking the natural world, and the contrast of the nature imagery on the industrial surface creates a tension.
As a lover of nature, Enteles subtly addresses environmental issues that plague our natural world. These include declining numbers of pollinating animals, such as monarch butterflies, birds, bees and bats. Plastic pollution, fracking, oil spills and climate change have all been addressed in different bodies of works. But Enteles believes that nature has an amazing ability to right itself, given the chance. “I aim to make the work positive and want it to be an advocate for nature.”