Friday, July 4, 2014

Vintage viewpoint ...

Artist Michael Carson has a nostalgic eye beautifully translated into painterly poetry on canvas. From the moment I saw his paintings, I was enthralled with the figurative work by this American contemporary artist.

  

Carson, a 1996 graduate of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Design, took the route from graphic designer to painting full time in 2001. His highly regarded work feels a bit like 'Norman Rockwell meets Toulouse Lautrec' with many of his images posted on Pinterest here.


According to Fine Art Connoisseur, "For the galleries representing figurative painter Michael Carson, it's getting harder and harder to keep this exciting artist's work in stock." I can see why. His images convey an evocative narrative, as if we are getting a glimpse of a private moment captured without the subject's knowledge. A little voyeuristic and appealing at the same time, don't you think? 


The Phoenix-based painter has seen his timeless portrait art grace the pages of The New Yorker. Not bad for a a people-watcher who brilliantly translates street characters into a distinct waif-like look that recalls the heroin-chic look of the ’90s, or ’40s pin-up girls.


Carson is represented by Arcadia Contemporary in New York, Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert, and Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale. And, if I had my way, his work would be hanging in my home at this very moment.


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