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 M. C. Poulsen  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: Wyoming/Ohio      Known for: Indian figure, landscape and western genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter of portraits and western genre, M.C. Poulsen works in the Old Master classical realist tradition.

He 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.

Serving in 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.

Early 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.

In 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.

Mike 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.

The 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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