John Carlson began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper, and Lucien Freud, he strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings.
Carlson often combines traditional oils with alkalids, charcoal and graphite. Working mostly on large canvases, he freely applies his medium without sacrificing subtle emotional details. This method allows him to control the negative space, which is vital to the ambiguity that runs through all his work. What can appear to be a gentle gesture to some can appear violent or passionate to others.
“In all my work I search for the core, that center of the thing, the emotional DNA if you will. That thing which we respond to individually but are ultimately connected by.“
More details about Mr. Carlson’s work is available on his websites: CarlsonStudio http://www.carlsonstudio.net
John W. Carlson Blog http://johnwcarlson.blogspot.com
John W. Carlson on MySpace http://www.myspace.com/JohnWCarlson
Please contact June Hund and Kristen Kirchgesler at (216) 368-2302 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the exhibit.