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Michael Carson Art

American, b. 1972

American painter Michael Carson (b. 1972) 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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"Code"
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

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Oil, Panel

"One Point"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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2010s Michael Carson Art

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Resin, Oil, Panel

"Witness"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Sign"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Direct Indirection"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"It's Done"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Duluth"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Slight of Hand"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Wooden Ships"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Cyclical"
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

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Oil, Board

"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

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Oil, Board

"Smolder"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Stick to the Story"
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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Horizons
By Michael Carson
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Michael Carson Art

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Smokin
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