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|A painter of portraits and western genre, M.C. Poulsen works in the Old Master classical realist tradition.|
was born in Akron, Ohio, and was raised on a ranch where he developed a
love for the subject matter he later depicted in his paintings.
From 1966, he lived in Cody, Wyoming, where his parents bought a dude
ranch on which his father was outfitter and guide.
the marines, he spent eighteen months in Hawaii and then enrolled in
art study at Arizona State University at Tempe. But he quit
formal education because he thought he could learn more on his own and
from his neighbor, cowboy artist James Bama.
He has had a successful career, doing about twenty paintings a year, many of them with thirty or more thin layers of paint.
in his painting career, he did landscapes, still lifes, and people
scenes, but then he became inspired by western paintings he saw by
Charles Russell and was so impressed that he even reversed his own
initials to be like Russell.
Art-Talk, November 2000
|Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, V:|
|M.C. Poulsen was raised on a cattle and outfitting ranch near Cody,
Wyoming. His love for the West evolved from working and painting the
people he has met and the scenes he has observed through the years.
Poulsen credits the sensitivity in his work to his first hand knowledge
of what he is painting, and from his own adversity. He has emerged the
winner from a battle with leukemia and has persued his art with a
fervor to make up for lost time.|
Poulsen had a one man
exhibition at the Washington DC Capitol Rotunda in July of 1992,. and
was the first Western artist to exhibit in Russia as part of a cultural
exchange. He is scheduled to show at the Gilcrease Museum in
Oklahoma among others.
Poulsen views his art as a continuous development of a God given talent, one that he can share with others.
his portraits Mike Poulsen strives to reveal the depth, strength and
the struggle of rugged individuals. Their dignity in the face of real
hardship mirrors his own. His landscapes are intended to reveal a
rugged beauty, which shaped the people who came to terms with it.
Poulsen paints from the heart. In his life he has experienced
hopelessness and joy, determination and success, pain and suffering and
hard won dignity. There is a piece of Mike Poulsen, a personal
experience, in every one of his paintings.
As a boy Mike Poulsen
studied art in the East, and then at he age of 13 his art was given
substance and direction when the family moved to Wyoming where he
learned the outfitting business. Over the next 20 years he
experienced the people and places that he would come to know and paint.
harshness of the west took his fathers life in a hunting accident. His
children, conceived through the miracle of invitro fertalization,
served as a powerful reminder of the joyous rewards of determination,
persistence and purpose. When Mike was diagnosed with leukemia and
underwent a bone marrow transplant he learned, first hand the
preciousness of life itself.
Inspiration is what Mike Poulsen
life and his art are all about. He hopes to reveal in his
paintings a sensitivity, honesty and accuracy born of uncommon
experience and a lust for life.
Source: artist's website
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