Bigindicator

Carson Collins

Profile  |  Artworks  |  Comments
15yearsafter500
15 Years After A/C 30 X 34 Inches (76 X 86 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Arcadia500
Et In Arcadia Ego A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Audela500
Au Dela A/C With Gold Leaf 47 X 56 Inches (118 X 141 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Bayesse500
Bayesse A/C 28 X 32 Inches (71 X 82 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Bluesultra500
Blues Ultra A/C 44 X 54 Cm (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Cafeaulait500
Cafe au Lait A/C 28 X 32 Inches (71 X 82 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Deathorglory500
Death or Glory A/C 65 X 74 Cm. (25 X 29 Cm.) © Carson Collins
Flashpyrites500
Flash Pyrites A/C 24 X 30 Inches (61 X 76 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Ivan500
Ivan A/C 48 X 60 Inches (121 X 143 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Nexttolastthoughts500
Next-to-Last Thoughts A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Problemofmeaninglessness500
The Problem of Meaninglessness A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Redhouse500
Red House A/C 44 X 54 Cm (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Roseikon500
Rose Ikon A/C 13 X 15 Inches (33 X 38 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Sailorsdelight500
Sailors' Delight A/C 28 X 32 Inches (71 X 82 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Shiftingsands500
Shifting Sands A/C 34 X 39 Inches (86 X 99 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Silverymoon500
Silvery Moon A/C 13 X 15 Inches (33 X 38 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Spectrum500
Spectrum A/C 28 X 32 Inches (71 X 82 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Summersedge500
Summer's Edge A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Subductionzone500
Subduction Zone A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Thegoose500
The Goose A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Thesedreams500
These Dreams A/C 28 X 32 Inches (71 X 82 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Warmillusion500
Warm Illusion A/C 20 X 24 Inches (51 X 61 Cm.) © Carson Collins 2007
Westisthebest500
West Is The Best A/C 44 X 54 Cm (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Wintersolace500
Winter Solace A/C 44 X 54 Cm. (17 X 21 Inches) © Carson Collins 2007
Wonder500
Wonder A/C 48 X 56 Inches (121 X 141 Cm) © Carson Collins 2007
Cc50bnwwobg
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Birth year
1953
Lives in
nomad
Works in
any west coast
Statement



I've been working on The Ocean Series for thirty years.

The Ocean Series is a Remodernist response to the color-field paintings of Mark Rothko. Intriguing, relaxing, and evocative, these colorful images appeal to serious art lovers, those who meditate, and ocean lovers as well. Originals, prints, a calendar, and affordable signed posters can be purchased on line.

The central theme in my painting is the search for stillness, the sort of profound and lucid calm that is the result of meditation or contemplation; another main theme is the relationship between humans, the ocean, and the atmosphere. The intent of my work is to create an ambiance where the spiritual dimension of this relationship can be experienced.

Once in a while a commercial gallery will invite me to do an exhibition. Solos include:
Sarah Rentschler Gallery, NYC, NY, USA, 1980
Samadhi Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA 1982
Galleria Expressiva, San Jose, COSTA RICA, 1987
Norro Gruppen Konstgallerie, Stockholm, SWEDEN, 1991
Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), Hollywood (Miami) FL, 1996
Sekanina Contemporary Arts, Ferrara, ITALY, 2003
Elevator Gallery, Venice Beach (LA) California, 2005.


I'm nomadic, never stay in one place for more than a year or two; don't have any possessions except for what I can carry on the metal birds. So far I've lived in 7 of the USA States and 6 other countries. I prefer warm places, but anywhere with a left coast will do - for a while.

When I'm not painting I mostly spend the time walking or sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean. I meditate. I surf when I can. I take part-time work when its available; have had quite a variety of dead-end, no-brainer jobs, some of which I liked. I've got an MD degree from the University of Texas that I've chosen to ignore. You might also say that I have the equivalent of a PhD in "coping".

I didn't go to Art School. What did I was just sit and stare at the ocean for thousands of hours plus I surfed and went out on boats every chance I got. But the main thing was to sit and contemplate the ocean, I mean real mystical style contemplation in a trance state. And I made sketches, reams of pencil sketches on newsprint pads with circles and arrows and notes about the way the patterns on the water were formed and changed and the colors.

You or anyone could do the same thing it just requires a sort of monomania that most people don't have or want. I mean I literally spent my entire life for this. But in the end I did manage to produce a few paintings that have the quality of something much loved and long remembered, and that's perhaps what some people see in them.