Artist Spotlight: Michael Carson

From the Richard J. Demato Gallery website:

My work is almost always figurative. It’s just what I find most interesting. And challenging. […]

I paint people because I have always had a serious addiction to watching people. I try to get that feel in my paintings. As if I am just watching people doing everyday things in my work. I love the subtle ways that a single brush stroke can create such subtleties in facial expression. I spend most of my time on the face and hands. They tell the story or create an interesting pose.

I also love the process of evolution of the work as time goes. I love all the intentional decisions as well as the accidents that end up working and follow me into my next piece.

Born in Minneapolis in 1972, Michael Carson did not start painting until three years after obtaining his diploma as a graphic artist. While his work is very reminiscent of both Toulouse Lautrec (when it comes to subject) and John Singer Sargent (in terms of brush strokes), Carson’s art has its own sense of movement and dynamics and a very strong ability to convey not a particular emotion but an overall feel. It has, in a summary, a lot of soul, and not just in the musical sense of the jazz musicians he often paints; Carson’s marvelous paintings are quite muted in colour but at the same time so incredibly alive with the stories of these people seemingly trapped on a canvas. There is a realism of portrayal without the technicque expected of realism, and it comes across as a mix of illustration and photojournalism, sharp lifelike details like the glow of a girl’s skin contrasting with the surreal touch of paint that runs and drips right down to the edge.

See more of Carson’s work here:


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