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Michael Carson Art

American, b. 1972

American painter Michael Carson studied design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before becoming a fine artist. He didn’t start painting until several years after graduating in 1996, now creating paintings with an atmospheric realism inspired by Norman Rockwell, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and John Singer Sargent.

For Carson, who was born and raised in Minneapolis and is now based in Arizona, every work is a chance to explore the interplay of color and light. Carson is also fascinated by texture, with how the movement of the brush guides the eye and can drastically alter the mood of a painting. “I like the fact that the face can be such a subtle subject, and one brushstroke can be the difference in the feel of the entire piece,” he has stated.

As a figurative painter and visual storyteller in the mold of Joseph Lorusso, Carson often focuses on solitary women, particularly concentrating on fashion and settings like nightclubs and cafés, embodying the mood of a moment. Never objectified, his subjects and especially the depth of their facial expressions reflect Carson’s desire to follow in French painter Toulouse-Lautrec’s footsteps and “just exist and observe and create,” as he told Resident magazine. Music is a major influence, with Carson borrowing song lyrics for titles and painting the cover of American singer-songwriter Matt Berninger’s 2020 album Serpentine Prison.

Allowing globs of paint to trail down the canvas, Carson wipes away colors to create a translucent glaze, layering patterns and figures to ghostly effect. These techniques are aimed at shifting viewer perspective and encouraging a closer look at the detailed brushwork and what’s happening just under the surface of his muted palettes.

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Artist: Michael Carson
"Cornerless"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

"Apart"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Paisley
By Michael Carson
Located in Boston, MA
Paisley is a powerfully seductive painting by American artist, Michael Carson. Masterfully using his brushwork , Carson articulates shadow and light with predominately monochroma...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Carson Art

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Seated Man 2
By Michael Carson
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American artist Michael Carson approach to figure painting is fresh and innovative. "Seated Man" has a single figure which serves to connect light and dark. The top half of the com...
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2010s American Realist Michael Carson Art

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Oil

"Tip Toe"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

"Witness"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

"In the White Room"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Board

"Stick to the Story"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Carson Art

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Oil

Horizons
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unite...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Michael Carson Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

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"You're Fucking Late"
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Michael Carson art for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Michael Carson art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can find work that includes elements of orange and other colors if you are browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom. You can also browse by medium to find art by Michael Carson in oil paint, paint, panel and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Michael Carson art, so small editions measuring 14 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Andrew Stevovich, Ceravolo and Katherine Fraser. Michael Carson art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $5,600 and tops out at $15,000, while the average work can sell for $7,200.

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