Shadow and Substance by John W. Carlson

Curator’s Statement

Beautiful compositions, skillful figurative paintings and a stunning use of black, white and gray characterize the work of John Carlson.

More than stunning figurative work, John’s paintings go much deeper. They are full of angst and psychologically complex images.  They draw the viewer to analyze the figures and their relationship to the artist.  “Why did he paint this?” the viewer wonders while, at the same time, admiring the beautiful silverish shades of grey.  John is also masterful at stylizing the figure without lacking evidence that he is thoroughly knowledgeable about anatomy and the gesture of the pose.

All these layers and complexities give John’s work a contemporary edge that renders each individual drawing or painting to be a part of the artist, John Carlson as well as fabulous visual art pieces for the wall!

Artist Statement

In all my work, I search for the core, the center of the thing.  The emotional DNA if you will.  The thing that we respond to individually, but are ultimately all connected by.

1.''Doubt and the angel'' 32x40'' oil and pencil on paper framed- $2500.00

Doubt and the Angel

32″ x 40″

oil and pencil on paper, framed

$2500.

2.''Starman'' 27.5x30'' paint and charcoal on paper              unframed -$200.00

Starman

27.5″ x 30″

paint and charcoal on paper, unframed

$200.

3.''The River'' 30x40'' oil and charcoal on canvas                   $800.00

“The River”

30″ x 40″

oil and charcoal on canvas

$800.

4.''Winter walk'' 36x48'' oil on canvas                                        $1200.00

Winter Walk

36″ x 48″

oil on canvas

$1200.

5.  ''Herd'' 36x48'' oil on canvas                                        $1200.00

Herd

36″ x 48″

oil on canvas

$1200.

6.''Nude#1'' 21.5x26'' charcoal on cardboard                              unframed-$200.00

Nude #1

21.5″ x 26″

charcoal on cardboard, unframed

$200.

7.''The Fence'' 24x30'' oil and charcoal on canvas                     $500.00

The Fence

24″ x 30″

oil and charcoal on canvas

$500.

8.''And then youth'' 30x40'' oil and charcoal on canvas               $800.00

“And Then Youth”

30″ x 40″

oil and charcoal on canvas

$800.

9.''Birth of Venus'' 36x48'' oil on canvas                                  $850.00

Birth of Venus

36″ x 48″

oil on canvas

$850.

10.''Monkeys'' 36x48'' oil on canvas                                       $1200.00

Monkeys

36″ x 48″

oil on canvas

$1200.

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