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John W. Carlson

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Lives in
Bay Village OH


Cooper School of Art

figurative, modern, mixed-media, Award-winning, museum


Fine Artist, John W. Carlson 

Born in Ashtabula, OH, Carlson now resides in Bay Village, OH (Cleveland, OH).


Always artistically gifted, John 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, John strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings.


John 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 of the work. What appears to be a gentle gesture to some can appear violent or passionate to others.


Recently, John was juried into the prestigeous Midyear Show at the Butler Institute of American Art (juror: George Adams) and invited to participate in the Florence Biennale by the Internal Committee of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art for 2009 at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence Italy. John was also nominated for the Annual Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009. In 2004 John was honored by having his charcoal drawing “viewpoint” added to the permanent collection of the Erie Art Museum.


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TWITTER: @JohnWCarlson

Recent Exhibits

John W. Carlson participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2012 Life Forms: John W. Carlson, Ron Johnston and Kristen Tradowsky:
Loren Naji Studio Gallery
Sep, 2012 Utter Madness
Rotten Meat Gallery
Apr, 2012 Contrast: Figurative works by artists John W. Carlson and George Kocar
TAG (Trumbull Art Gallery)
Dec, 2011 Forum 2011: CWAL members show
CWAL: Cleveland West Art League
Sep, 2009 Rumors of Greatness: John W. Carlson
Chicago Art Matrix
Exhibited with these artists
John W. Carlson has Exhibited with these artists:

Ron Johnston Kristen Tradowsky
NEO artists George Kocar
Dan Corrigan Mona Gazala
Exhibited at these venues
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