Galerie d'art Richelieu
7903 rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2R2G2
Born: 1957 (Montreal)
Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada/Colombia
Profession(s): Painter, Sculptor
Known for: Abstract, Figural, Other, CARSONISM
Style(s): Abstract Figuration, Abstract, Other, Carsonism
Medium(s): Acrylic, Mixed Media, Epoxy
Price Information as of 02/16/2013:
Drouot Cotation, Paris (President Christian SORRIANO,Expert)
CARSON Charles 1957
38 500 € La vuelta acrylique 91x122cm 2011
45 000 € Le hibou acrylique 122x122cm 2011
175 000 € Soleil automnal acrylique 247x369cm 2011
33 500 € Été en éveil acrylique 122x122cm 2011
92 000 € Evasion acrylique 122x244cm 2011
35 000 € Finesse acrylique 152x101cm 2011
40 000 € Fleurs sauvages acrylique 152x122cm 2011
82 000 € La croisée ... acrylique 137x305cm 201
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FINE ART MAGAZINE, New York. WINTER, 2012/2013
By JAMIE ELLIN FORBES
Charles Carson: A Master For Today
Over 37 years of publishing an art and cultural magazine, we have had the privilege of meeting so many gifted people over this long a period of time. Can you imagine what it would be like if people didn’t have art? It would be a terrible plight. It’s a great honor to be involved with people in the arts. Some artists have risen to great acclaim and importance while others fall by the wayside, but the intrinsic stories of the artists are pretty much the same. Each brings his or her own need to communicate to the viewer through a window they open to their soul to express something deeply personal to the next level. I saw that the paintings of Charles Carson have a unique language. Initially, it was difficult to discern what the abstracts were telling me. Now I understand them very well. The language of the more Impressionistic pieces — the dreamscapes — I felt was very unique with the color usage and balance. The florals and seascapes invite you into the space to taste the colors. You are part of the process of whatever this moment is that the artist is describing. You are welcomed into the imagination of the process, which is far deeper than a mere snapshot. Here you will find the inspiration and mystique involving the colors combined with the rendering of the line: defined and united, yet singular in their presence, made all the more powerful by their coalescence and shared space which not only enrich the composition, but enable the viewer to comprehend the essence of the artists’ vision.
The application and creation of the form is married to the colors so that the composition becomes very free, very available for people to enter into. The quality, the union — the synergy — brings success as the artistic statement is there and quite inspiring. Researching, reflecting and understanding, I could see that Charles has a great drive, capacity and great enthusiasm for the art. The level of his painterly energy carries the artistic statement through, bringing it to life and making it readily understandable. His colors serve the message even as the message serves the color. Carson, through his unique approach and visual language, lets people know immediately through the finished product what is that piece of the dream, that metaphor he is describing — his alphabet, as it were. When you do this successfully, you instantly have the viewer, if not you lose them.
My initial foray into writing about Carson’s art was like a food for me. Describing Carson’s experience and offering it to people to enjoy was and continues to be, incredibly satisfying. Energetically, when viewing his work, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso and van Gogh come to mind. Although one could say that there are those influences, Carson has a great respect for any artistic process that is authentic, that it is important to avoid ephemeral fashions and trends.
Why Carson? He has a tempo. You can’t just paint and extrapolate unless you know form. You have to be able to paint in order to extrapolate as if the light is coming through so he applies the paint with a structure and energy that results in an almost kinetic activity in a stationery work of art. The form that results through this enhanced application of color is obviously from his subconscious yet well-studied intent. His vision allows him to step between the spaces and resultant colors not only emerge, but they vibrate. As one form transitions from dream to reality and reality to dream and the abstract in-between, Carson manages to keep the transparency and the colors incredibly clean, which is rare. They are built, they have definition and there is a certain texture to the resultant paintings that is complex to arrive at. This combination of harmony and tempo is very complex and difficult to arrive at yet, via his painterly process, Carsonism emerges and it is unlike any other school of thought to date. He set out to be singular, to use the standard materials as no one before him has and he has succeeded. There are elements of this work that I have not seen elsewhere nor have I seen this technique done elsewhere. He is the only one in the world doing this style. Founding a process, a language and an artistic technique all his own, Carson is well on his way to taking his place among the great artists of the era.
2013, Victor Forbes A language all his own forever to be known as " Carsonism" - 35 years of creativity, Fine Art Magazine, New York, USA, 22 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2013, Isabelle Gauthier "A Brilliant Obsession" - Le roi Soleil, MAGAZIN'ART, Canada, 8 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2013, Debra Usher "The Legacy of an Artistic revolutionary" - 35 years of creation, ARABELLA MAGAZINE - Canada, 26 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2012, François Di Candido Le "Carsonisme" fête ses vingt ans! - 35 ans de création!, Échos, Montréal, Canada, 4 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2009, Anne Richer Carson sa vie son Oeuvre - Biographie, L'art de vivre - Américor Média, 168 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
MuséeVaudreuil Soulange, Vaudreuil, Quebec
Museo de Arte Moderna, Bogota, <Choose State>, Colombia
Over the years he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He has also spent 10 of these artistically productive years living in Columbia. Carson has gained recognition at the international level and become known among art historians and consultants both for his art itself, and for his unique technique which has been termed “Carsonism” by these experts.
2011- Maître Charles Carson se mérite le Prix Vincent Van Gogh. Un double lauréat, pour le maître en beaux-arts, Charles Carson qui s'est vu décerner le prestigieux Prix Vincent Van Gogh et le Prix du Générale Guiseppe Garibaldi en Italie.
Une Haute Reconnaissance unique dans le domaine des Arts Visuels remis à Maître Charles Carson, pour sa créativité exceptionnelle le "Carsonisme" & Mosaïque qui restera dans les annales de l'Histoire de l'Art.
Les deux Prix ont été remis à Maître Charles Carson, le samedi 10 décembre 2011, lors du Grand Gala de la XIIe Edition "Italia in Arte" en Italie et remis par les autorités qui composent le Comité d'Honneur.
Prix "Vincent Van Gogh" et le Prix Spécial Droit de l'Homme, Générale "Giuseppe Garibaldi".
Italia in Arte
2010 • Salon del Associazione Culturale Brindisi, Italy, ”Nomina di Socio Honorario per l’anno /10 conferita il maestro accademico Charles CARSON.
2009- Premio ''LEONARDO DA VINCI'' Master Charles Carson, AIBAQ -Awards - «LEONARDO DA VINCI 2009 / MARTIN LUTHER KING 2009» Canadian artist Charles Carson was doubly honored in Italy with awards in recognition of his contribution to the art world. The artist was a recipient of the « Leonardo da Vinci Award 2009 » and the « Martin Luther King Human Rights Award 2009 » which are awarded annually to persons of note in the fields of art, science and culture.
2009 • AIBAQ GALA ACADEMIA XXI au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal • Maître Charles CARSON a été intronisé « ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE 2009 » « Cette reconnaissance est accordée par l’Académie pour sa démarche artistique, les expositions réalisées, les honneurs, prix et distinctions obtenus au cours de sa carrière, son rôle d’ambassadeur international auprès de l’Académie ainsi que la publication de son autobiographie. »
2009 • Salon del ”Associazione Italia in Arte”, Italie. • Le plasticien canadien Charles CARSON a reçu un double prix de reconnaissance en Italie, pour son implication dans le monde de la peinture. Le Prix « Leonardo da Vinci 2009 » et le Prix spécial « The Martin Luther King Human Rights Award 2009 » décernés aux personnalités des arts, des sciences et de la culture.
2009 • Salon ”Trevisan International Art” in Italy. ”Master CARSON, we’ve been fascinated by your stunning and powerful abstract art research where forms and colors create such an intense and emotional results. We reckon your art will bring new and creative stimulations among this exhibition; your works reveal their power through the force and the brightness of colors, through the different effects of forms, the textures, the pictorial matter, the magnetic energy from the pictorial sign which spring from the canvas. In your paintings imagination and creativeness are released through the flow of the living and acting forces on the canvas, the interaction of spaces, forms and color connection, taking them beyond to their physical limits. By congratulating you for the quality of your works, we would like to invite you of ” Imaginary Journeys” event organized by Trevisan International Art, in Italy. ” By president of event: Paola TREVISAN.
2009 • Salon Art-Expo, Booth 1519, New-York, USA • Fine Art Magazine • Spring 2009 • USA • Page couverture • Master Charles CARSON • Heroes of creativity • ”CARSON to the ism”
• La brillante analyse du « Carsonisme » proposée dans le Fine Art magazine, permet aux collectionneurs de découvrir une facette que seules, les plumes expérimentées et les regards incisifs de Jamie Ellin Forbes & Victor Bennet Forbes pouvaient révéler. Un véritable joyau littéraire.
2007 • Salon International de l’Académie Européenne des Arts • France • Maître CARSON, invité d’honneur et lauréat de la médaillé d’or du Salon de (AEAF) « En reconnaissance de son talent exceptionnel. »
2007 • Salon ’’Centro Storico’’ Prix Oscar de la Cultura, Florence, Italie • Charles CARSON reçoit de l’Association Galleria Centro Storico de Florence, le lauréat Oscar della Cultura. « Vous avez été choisi pour votre travail exceptionnel et des plus remarquables dans le mouvement carsonisme. Toutes nos félicitations! » La présidente, Madame Lucia Mazzetti.
2007 • Salon international d’Art Contemporain • Place Concorde • Paris France
2007 • Salon del ”Accademia internazionale Greci-Marino”. Charles CARSON reçoit du président général international, Monsieur Duca Degli Abruzzi, de l’Accademia internazionale
Greci-Marino en Italie, le titre supérieur de Maître académicien du Verbano, « Pour le haut professionnalisme montré dans le domaine artistique. »
2008 • Alain Coudert, Historien d’art précise : *Médaillé d’or en Colombie, en France, en Italie, en Grèce et au Canada, ce peintre canadien expose en France depuis 1987.
2007 • Gala ACADEMIA XXI au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, décerne à Charles CARSON le « titre d’Ambassadeur international» dans la catégorie : Professionnel en peinture. « Cette reconnaissance est accordée par l’Académie pour l’implication de l’artiste à faire connaître l’Académie à l’échelle internationale. »
2007 – Florence, Italy – Charles Carson received from the ''Galleria Centro Storico'' of Florence, a laureate as ''Oscar della Cultura''. You have been chosen for your exceptional and most remarkable work in the carsonism movement. Congratulations! Madame Lucia Mazzetti, Presidente.
2006 • Gala ACADEMIA XXI au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Monsieur Umberto Bruni, doyen de la peinture au Québec, est très heureux de remettre la Médaille d’or à Charles CARSON, Académicien-conseil, « Pour l’excellence de son œuvre »
2006 • Salon international de l’Académie Européenne des Arts-France (AEAF) Paris France • Maître Charles CARSON, « médaille d’honneur » « En reconnaissance de son talent exceptionnel »
2003 • Le Grand Salon du ”MIM AWARD” Maître Charles CARSON, lauréat du ”Golden MIM Award
2003”, lors de la neuvième édition de la prestigieuse compétition des MIM d’or 2003, dévoilés en soirée au Palais des congrès à l’occasion d’un gala en présence de dignitaires et de chefs de file de l’industrie.
2002 • Salon international d’automne des beaux-arts de Montréal. Charles CARSON, artiste peintre canadien, lauréat de « La Grande Médaille d’or de Rayonnement universel ». Cet artiste de réputation internationale s’est vu octroyer la plus haute distinction de ce salon qui honore chaque année deux artistes invités, en reconnaissance de leur talent exceptionnel et pour marquer le couronnement de leur œuvre.
2000 • ”Salon International des Galeries d’Art” • Montréal QC Canada. « Mention honorifique » Charles CARSON, un maître dans son domaine. La présidente du Salon des galeries d’arts de Montréal, Québec (Marché Bonsecours), Madame Denise Di Candido :
« [...] Les tableaux de CARSON attirent le regard et suscitent toujours beaucoup d’intérêt auprès des amateurs d’art. Il faut reconnaître qu’il est sans contredit un maître dans son domaine. »
1999 • Salon du Festival des Arts de Medellin, Hôtel Dann Carlton • « Mention d’honneur » décernée à Charles CARSON par Maître G. Garcias Prix ”El Torreador” « Charles CARSON, de Montréal (1957), es uno de lo màs destacados artistas de sus país. Capitán de los colores del planeta, es uno de los invitados especiales en la muestra de Arte del Caribe que se realizará una vez más en el marco de la XIII verisón de Festicaribe. » Gustavo Tatis Guerra.
1997 - The Cartagena Airport Corporation pays him homage. A life-size bronze statue in the effigy of CHARLES CARSON signed Mario RODRIGUEZ was unveiled.
1st Prize 1995 - CARSON, special guest, Caribbean Arts Festival.
First Prize 1994, from the Commanderie de l’Ordre des Chevaliers de St Hubert.
Gold Medal 1993 from the CIDIAQ(Centre internationa d’information et Diffusion des Arts in Quebec.)
2012- Galerie Richelieu, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2012- Galerie du Vieux-Port, Montréal,
2011- Doukhan Art Contemporain, Paris, France (Solo)
2011- Galerie Montferrand, France (Solo)
2011- Galerie Les Peintres Québécois, Québec, canada (Solo)
2010- Galerie Brocard, Laurentides, Qc. Canada (Solo)
2010- Inglewood Gallery, Calgary, Canada (Solo)
2009- Galerie Vieux-Port, Montréal, Qc, Canada, (Solo)
2009- Art-Expo, New-York, USA (Solo)
2009- Galerie Brocard, Laurentides, Qc. Canada (Solo)
2008- Galerie d’art Richelieu, Montréal, Qc. Canada (Solo)
2008- Bistro à Champlain, Ste-Marguerite du Lac Masson, Qc. Canada (Solo)
2008- Doukhan Art Contemporain, Paris, France (Solo)
2008- Galerie du Château Montferrand, Normandie, France (Solo)
2008- Galerie d’art Beauchamp, Québec, Canada (Groupe)
2008- Hidalgo Fine Art, Florida, U.S.A (Solo)
2008- Galerie d'art Berick, Bromont, Canada (Groupe)
2008- Art Gallery Beauchamp, Baie St-Paul, Canada, (Groupe)
2008- Marcoux Fine Art, Bogota, Colombia, (Solo)
2007- Musée départemental, Ville de Sées, Normandie, France (Solo)
2007- Hôtel de ville, ville de Sées, France, (Solo) Médaillé d’honneur
2007- Salon international d'Art Contemporain, Place Concorde, Paris (Groupe)
2007- Galerie du Château Montferrand, Normandie, France (Solo)
2007- Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Academia XXI, AIBAQ,
Prix Ambassadeur International et Maître Académicien conseil.
2007- Doukhan Art Contemporain, Paris, France (Solo)
2007- Galerie d’art Richelieu, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2007- Galerie Brocard, Laurentides, Qc. Canada (Solo)
2007- Salon International des Arts France, (AEAF) Paris (Groupe) Médaillé d’or
2007- Galerie d’art Beauchamp, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2007- Galerie d'art Berick, Bromont, Canada (Groupe) Invité d’honneur.
2007- Galerie d'art Beauchamp, Baie St-Paul, Canada, (Groupe)
2007- Galleria ''Centro Storico'' Florence, Italie (Groupe) Prix Oscar de la Cultura
2007- Accademia internazionale «Greci Marino» Vercelli, Italia (Maître Académicien)
2007- Galerie La pièce d’Art, Rosemère, Canada, (Groupe) Invité d’honneur
2007- Galerie de la Mairie de Tourlaville, Normandie, France (Solo)
2007- Galleria d'Arte Moderna «Alba» Ferrara – Italia (Médaillé d’or)
2006- Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Academia XXI, (Médaillé d’or)
2006- Galerie d'art Beauchamp, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2006- Hôtel des trois Évêchés, Metz, France, (Groupe)
2006- Galerie d'art Richelieu,. Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2006- Galerie La pièce d’Art, Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
2006- Galerie d'art Rimawi, Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
2006- Galerie d’art Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2006- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2006- Salon International des Arts-France, Paris, (Médaille honorifique)
2006- Galerie du Château Montferrand, Normandie, France(Solo)
2005- Galerie d'art Richelieu, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2005- Studio Queen, Carson Galerie, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2005- Galerie d'art Rimawi, Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
2005- Galerie d’art Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2005- Galerie d’art Le Prieuré, Normandie, France (Solo)
2005- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2005- Galerie d'art les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2004- Galerie d’art Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2004- Galerie d'art Richelieu, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2004- Galerie d’art Le Prieuré, Normandie, France, (Solo)
2004- Rimawi Art Gallery, Boston, U.S.A, (Solo)
2004- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2004- Galerie d'art les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2004- Galerie d'art Rimawi, Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
2004- The Pollard Art Gallery, Montana, United States, USA
2004- Studio Queen, Carson Galerie, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2003- Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Les MIM 2003 (Prix MIM d’or)
2003- Galerie Notre-Dame, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2003- Galerie d'art Richelieu, Montréal, Canada, (Solo)
2003- Galerie d’art Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2003- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2003- Rimawi Art Gallery, Boston, U.S.A (Solo)
2003- Galerie d'art les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada (Groupe)
2003- Galerie d’art Le Prieuré, Normandie, France (Solo)
2002- Fine Art Gallery, Weston, Florida, U.S.A (Solo)
2002- Galerie Notre-Dame, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2002- Galerie d'art les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada (Groupe)
2002- Galerie d’art Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2002- Galerie d'art Richelieu, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2002- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2002- Katona Fine Art Vancouver, Canada (Solo)
2002- Galerie Saïbam, Montréal, Canada. (Solo)
2002- Rimawi Art Gallery, Boston, U.S.A (Solo)
2002- Salon des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Canada, (Groupe) Médaillé d’or
2002- Feria Picturale des Laurentides, Canada, (Groupe)
2001- Sanchez Fine Art West Palm Beach (Florida) U.S.A (Solo)
2001- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
2001- Marchand Frédéric Bonet, (Vinça) France (Solo)
2001- Studio Queen, Carson Galerie, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2001- Galerie Notre-Dame, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2001- Galerie d'art Les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2001- Galerie Québec-Art, Laval, Canada, (Groupe)
2001- Galerie Le Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2001- Galeria Cartagena Arte (Carthagène) Colombie (Solo)
2001- Galerie d'art Rimawi, Laval, Canada (Solo)
2001- Galerie Symbole Art, Montréal, Canada (Groupe)
2001- Gallery Michel Blais, Vancouver, Canada (Groupe)
2001- Galerie d'Art Contemporain Montréal, Canada.
2001- Katona Fine Art Vancouver, Canada (Solo)
2000- Courtier Gina Turgeon Moncton (N.B.) Canada (Solo)
2000- Galerie Michel Blais inc. Vancouver, BC Canada (Groupe)
2000- Sanchez Fine Art, West Palm Beach (Floride) U.S.A (Solo)
2000- Salon des Galeries d'Art Montréal, Canada, (Groupe)
2000- Galerie Notre-Dame, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
2000- Galerie Le Relais des Époques, Montréal, Canada(Solo)
2000- Galerie Québec-Art, Québec, Canada, (Groupe)
2000- Marchand Frédéric Bonet, (Vinça) France (Solo)
2000- Galerie d'art les Peintres Québécois, Québec, Canada (Groupe)
2000- Collection Carson Montréal, Canada (Solo)
1999- Galerie d'art Montoya, Medellin, Colombie (Solo)
1999- Hôtel Dann Carlton, (Medellin) Colombie (Solo)
1999- Galerie d'art Betty (Medellin) Colombie (Solo)
1999- Festival de Arte del Caribe, Colombie, (Solo) (Mention d’honneur)
1999- Claustro Santo Domingo (Carthagène) Colombie, (Groupe)
1999- Marchand Frédéric Bonet, (Vinça) France (Solo)
1998- Claustro Santo Domingo (Carthagène) Colombie (Solo)
1998- Galeria Arte Autopista Las Lomas (Medellin) Colombie (Solo)
1997- La Société Aéroportuaire de Carthagène lui rend hommage ; une statue de bronze grandeur nature à son effigie a été érigée dans la ville.
1997- Phantom Fine Art, New York (New York) U.S.A (Groupe).
1997- Galerie Rimawi Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
1997- Marchand Frédéric Bonet, (Vinça) France (Solo)
1997- El caballo de mar, Aéroport Int.Rafael Nunez Colombie.(Solo)
1997 "Yo hice lo que tu querias", Église S.Domingo, Colombie (Solo)
1996- École des Beaux-arts (Carthagène) Colombie (Solo)
1996-Groupe Mercurart International, Laval, Canada (Solo)
1996- Katona Fine Art Vancouver, Canada (Solo)
1996- Phantom fine Art, Art Expo, Miami, U.S.A (Groupe)
1996 - Laval Fine Art Gallery, Laval, Canada (Solo)
1996- Art, Miami Convention Center, Miami, U.S.A (Groupe)
1995- École des Beaux-arts, Carthagène, Colombie (Solo)
1995-Groupe Mercurart International Inc., Canada (Solo)
1995- Galerie d'art Rimawi, Laval, Canada (Solo)
1995- Escuela de Bellas Artes, Carthagène, Colombie. (Solo)
1995- Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota Colombie.(Groupe)
1994- Gest-Art, Fine Art, Laval, Canada, (Solo)
1994- Festival de Arte Sur America, Carthagène, Colombie (Invité d’honneur)
1994- Hôtel Caribe (Carthagène) Colombie (Solo)
1994-Casa del Marqués de Valdehoyos, Colombie (Solo)
1994- La Villa des Arts Laurentides, Canada (Solo)
1994- Premier Prix, de l’ordre des chevaliers de St-Hubert, Laurentides, Qc.
1994-Groupe Mercurart International, Canada (Solo)
1994- Galeria Cartagena Arte (Carthagène) Colombie (Solo)
1994- Musée Vaudreuil, Canada, invité d'honneur Guy Robert.(Solo)
1993- Galerie Les trois C. Québec, Canada (Solo)
1993- Centre international d’information et diffusion des Arts du Québec (Médaille d’or)
1993- Groupe Mercurart International, Canada (Solo)
1992- Larkin's Swindon. Angleterre, par Mercurart (Solo)
1992- C.I.D.I.A.Q Ste-Agathe des Monts, Canada (Solo)
1990- Sheraton Fine Art Gallery, Canada (Solo)
1989- Sheraton Fine Art Gallery, Canada (Solo)
1987- Galerie d'Art contemporain, Aéroport d'Orly, France (Groupe)
1987- Sheraton Fine Art Gallery, Canada (Solo)
1986- Arte Fan Wu Int, Hong Kong. (Solo)
1985-Sheraton Fine Art Gallery, Canada (Solo)
1985- Convention Center, Philippines. (Solo)
1983- Galerie d’art Renoir, Montréal, Canada (Solo)
1978- La Galerie Verte, Rosemère, Canada (Solo)
AIGM - Académie Internationale GRECI-MARINO Monaco - 2006, Member
Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec, 2000, Member, artistic Advisor
Académie Européenne des Arts France, 2005, Member
Académie Internationale GRECI-MARINO Monaco, 2005 Member
Associazione Culturale 'Italia in Arte', 2004, Member
Drouot Cotation, Paris, 2004, Member, Artistic Advisor
Dictionnaire Cotation des Artistes Modernes et Contemporains, 2004 Member, artistic Advisor/ 2009
AIGM - Académie Internationale GRECI-MARINO Monaco, 2005 Member
Association La Farendole des Arts Visuels, Canada, artistic Director
2013- Fine Art Magazine, Winter 2012/2013, Carson on the Cover - New-York, USA
2013- Arabella Magazine, Winter 2012/2013, Carson on the Cover - Canada
2013- Magazin’art, Winter 2012/2013, Quebec, Canada
2011- Parcours Magazine Charles Carson, La volonté de laisser sa trace, Qc, Canada
2010- PAYS D'EN HAUT /LAVALLÉE & LAURENTIDES Une fois de plus, une Farandole réussie...
2009- Flèchemag - Laurentides. Qc. L'univers flamboyant de Charles Carson Page 48, Canada
2009- Journal Échos de Montréal Charles Carson récompensé... Artiste de l'année, Canada
2009- Fine Art Magazine - USA Carson, Héroe of creativity Page 10, 11,12,13 Jamie Forbes Spring (Carson Cover) New York, USA
2009- Magazine Prestige Carson, Artiste de l'année 2009 Page 60, 61 - Marie J. Turcotte, canada
2009- Fine Art Magazine - USA This is carsonism... Page 5,6,7 - Victor Forbes, New York, USA
2007- Journal La voix de l'est Publication Page 54, Canada
2007- Univers des Arts, Paris, France Reportage No 119, Paris, France
2007- Reflet Tourlaville Reportage No 118, France
2007- Reflet Tourlaville Reportage No 117, France
2007- La presse de la Manche Reportage Louis Lefevre Page 6, 29, France
2007- La presse de la Manche Reportage Louis Lefevre Page 5 25, France
2007- Ouest France Reportage Mâitre Carson, 30 janvier 2007, France
2007- La presse de la Manche Reportage Louis Lefevre Page 7, 28, France
2007- La presse de la Manche Reportage Louis Lefevre 16 février 2007, France
2007- Magazine Appartenance - Caisse Desjardins Charles Carson l'inspiration va au-delà ... Page 8 et 27 Canada
2007- Brome Country News Reportage Page 3 02 mai 2007 , Canada
2007- La Presse - Mtl. Qc. Carson, nommé ambassadeur Int. au gala de AIBAQ Page A9 18 novembre 2007, Canada
2007- La Presse - Mtl. Qc. Parution 9 décembre 2007, Canada
2007- La Presse - Mtl. Qc. Parution 8 décembre 2007, Canada
2007- La Presse- Mtl. Qc Parution 7 décembre 2007, Canada
2007- LA PRESSE- France Reportage 13 novembre 2007, Canada
2007- La Presse - Mtl. Qc. Carson, Médaillé de AEAF en France Page A5, Canada
2007- Journal de l'Orne Reportage 63 ième année- No 2100 novembre 2007, France
2007- Journal Ouest France Reportage Justice et Liberté No : 19206 novembre 2007, France
2007- Arts Actualités magazine, France Article Numéro septembre 2007 septembre 2007, France
2006- Revue PRESTIGE Reportage Page 57 Déc. 2006/Janv.2007 Canada
2006- Magazin'art Parution 19 ième année No 73 Automne 2006, Canada
2006- Catalogue Bailly-Hertz & ass. Metz, France Vente au enchère 196-206, France
2006- Journal La Presse Parution A-5 01 octobre 2006, Canada
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2006- Journal La Presse Carson en prolongation à la Galerie Richelieu Page A-11, 14, Canada
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2005- Journal échos Montréal, Qc Carson en exposition à la Galerie Relais des Époque No. 11
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2003- Journal La Presse, Montréal «Focus sur le Carsonisme» A-S16 11 Octobre 2003
2003- Journal La Vallée, Qc. Carson à la Galerie Zero Celcius No. 20, page 39 16 Mai 2003
2003- Journal La dépêche, France Reportage No. 19 Mai 2003
2003- Art New USA Parution Vol. 102 No. 11 December 2003 New York, USA
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2002- Journal Etchetera, Qc. Charles Carson, Salon of Fine arts 2002 Gold Medal
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2002- Journal Etchetera, Qc. Exhibition of december at Galerie Richelieu 27 Novembre 2002
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2002- Journal échos, Montréal, Qc. Une invitation à découvrir Charles Carson... Page 9 Septembre 2002
2002- Journal Voir, Qc. Rétrospective Charles Carson... 2 Décembre 2002
2001- Journal échos, Montréal, Qc. Carson à la Galerie Relais des Époques Janvier 2001
2000- Journal échos, Montréal Carson en exposition Galerie Relais des Époques Décembre 2000
1999- Journal El Mundo, Colombie Reportage Fevrier 1999
1999- Journal El Colombiano, Colombie Reportage Février 1999
1998- Journal El Colombiano Reportage Juillet 1998
1998- Journal El universel, Colombie Reportage Diciembre 1998
1998- Journal El Mundo, Colombie Reportage Juin 1998
1998- Journal El Colombiano Reportage Décembre 1998
1998- Journal The Arts, Miami Reportage December 1998
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1998- Journal El universal, Colombie Reportage Janvier 1998
1998- Journal The Post, Miami Parution February 1998
1997- Journal El Universal, Colombie Reportage 25 Avril 1997
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1995- Journal El Héraldo, Colombie Reportage Octobre 1995
1995- Dominical El Universal, Colombie Reportage No. 503 Octobre 1995
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1994- Journal El Heraldo, Colombie Reportage Fevrier 1994
1994- Journal El Heraldo, Colombie Reportage Mars 1994
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1994- Magazine Parkhurst Exchange Reportage Vol. 2 No. 5 1994
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“I will not paint if I have nothing to say.”
By VICTOR FORBES
UP AND DOWN THE AVENUES, the buildings in New York City, (considered by many to still be the modern day capital of the art world) are decorated with the work of the world’s best-known artists: Stella, Lichtenstein, Oldenberg, Picasso, Kline, Indiana and de Kooning to name but a few. There are massive paintings and sculptures by these and many other all-time greats housed in lobbies, entrances, boardrooms, parks and offices. Attaining the heights reached by such stalwarts would seem to be the goal of most every artist who sets brush to canvas, chisel to stone or ink to paper. So much art has been created over the centuries that to be merely recognized is an accomplishment; to sustain a life of creativity is a triumph. To be hailed as an all-time great and have your work sell in the millions of dollars while you are still alive—that does happen, even if only to a very select group. There are a myriad of factors that contribute to entering into that realm, no singular formula. Often greatness is in the eye of the beholder, embellished by simple twists of fate, connections and timing. Pure talent, originality and depth of message will only get you so far. Bob Guccione said that it took a great leap of faith to see his artistic dreams come to life. “There was a time,” said a well-known dealer who has placed works in major museums, “when you could succeed just on the quality of the art alone, but today you could be the greatest artist in the world and if you don’t know the right people and have the right friends, you often remain unknown. You have to be a showman and a promoter on a much bigger scale than even in the day of Dali and Warhol, plus you now have to be technically savvy to capture the world market. The world got smaller. You have to be popular everywhere, not just New York, Paris or Spain.” Art is a product now, not just a creation. It needs to be marketed, auctioned and accepted by the mass media. The factors that bring recognition to some and lack of same to others are not simply intangibles any more. Such elements are taught more in business and marketing programs than in art schools. People studying art today are told by their professors to prepare to starve, to find other ways to use their artistic talents so they can earn a living. But if anyone said this to Charles Carson, he certainly wasn’t listening.
"A language all his own forever to be known as “Carsonism.”
VIEWING A CHARLES CARSON painting is akin to reading a Hemingway short story. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place comes to mind. Both are exquisitely sparse, expertly rendered. Immersed in a collection of Carsons in a gallery or museum is like having a full-length novel unfold right before your eyes. Indeed, the artist himself notes, “My painting is a spontaneous projection of that which I feel. I stand before my canvas like an author before his blank page.” Hemingway, of course, is an undisputed giant of literature while Carson is peaking in mid-career success. The legendary author is known, perhaps to his detriment, as a “man’s man” and the artist, in his way fits that mold. He is strong and confident, succinct in his manner on canvas and in person. Dedicated to his cause, he spares no effort to manifest brilliance in every brush stroke, describing his energy as emerging from an “unexplainable force, trance-like”, that causes one to surpass limitations. As Hemingway developed a new style of writing that is oft-imitated, never attained, Carson has created a new way of painting that takes a similar heightened position in the mainstream of contemporary art, a form that is universally accessible but impossible to be duplicated by another. A language all his own forever to be known as “Carsonism.”
Hemingway captured the popular imagination with a revolutionary sentence structure, almost militaristic in cadence, that somehow translated into stories of great emotional depth blending despair with valor, hopelessness with redemption, and great love with great loss. It is certainly a valid comparison to put these two side-by-side for indeed Carson is an undisputed master, a Maestro of his own form. An originator of a visual lingo that knows no bounds, the compositions soar as his spirit allows. Creativity flies, moving ever-onward, staving off unholy forces. Carson’s paintings strive for perfection like Hemingway’s sentences. There’s not a wasted word nor a misplaced droplet of color. Who paints like this today? Theoretically, it doesn’t matter. Not to Carson because he invented his own very specific mode of expression which involves a very personal creativity. His great gift requires great discipline. Putting the time in, often in solitude, expending the greater part of a 24-hour day painting. However, if science could shine a microscope into a person’s mind and examine his make-up, Carson would outshine many.
In the annals of art history, Carson certainly claims a portion of attention. “Nothing,” he says, “can resist the human will. Man must explore all facets of his freedom. The forces within us are instruments of overachievement.” The will to be one with the world, to belong to the stars and to the grains of sand came to him in the same breath. “The mountains, rivers and oceans, all that make up our universe are sacred places more precious than a golden altar.”
What creative energy !
“...one must recognize the undeniable talent of Charles Carson for his exceptional sense of chromatic harmony: his blue inspires dreams, his red surprise the eye, his yello illuminates the heart...”
“A chromatism that is at once harmonious and audacious, a play of transparencies and depths, dynamic composition and a continually renewed sense on innovation. Here is the winning recipe that propulses the artist from one success to the next.” /2003 Arévik Vardanyan, Advisor in art and museology
The origins of Carson’s style were formulated in the interior of the Catholic churches he visited as a boy. Whether situated in a rich parish or a modest village, the buildings were reflections of baroque tastes dictated by centuries of religious architecture. “It was required,” notes the artist, “that the House of God be the shiniest and most sumptuous of all.”
This decor provided Carson’s first aesthetic feelings and discoveries. These edifices of stone and glass planted the seed of a dream, of a vision of beauty. Where else could a young boy view the transformed light of the sparkling stained glass windows or admire the amazing talent of the artists who sculpted the statutes and painted the images of the Way of the Cross? For Carson, even Sacred music has often consecrated artistic vocations. Silence and contemplation played a subliminal role in creating strong, lasting images.
“As a young child, I attended the religious ceremonies. I observed everything—the “trompe-l’oeil” paintings, the priestly garments embroidered in gold, the gathered crowds. I recall these things to this day with emotion. I was already under their spell when I passed through the heavy church doors. I had a precocious awareness of symbols – dipping my index finger in the fountain made me feel pure and legitimized. For what purpose you may ask? To enter a sumptuous treasure trove. To feast my eyes on everything shiny, the dancing flame of the lanterns, the candelabras. Mingled with the odor of melting wax from the candles, floating in the air, the scent of incense…”
Depending on the hour of day, the light from the exterior would bounce off the plaster saints, bringing their glass eyes to life. The angels of the stained glass windows would become animated. He was transported to another world. “Obviously, only today can I measure the impact these events had on my imagination, in a sublimated and softened memory.”
It is these memories that have served as the basis to create a new style — a completely new pictorial language — that makes an appearance on the scale of artistic values in a way that has nothing to do with the current directions, genres or styles that are mostly found in today’s or any day’s art market. Born in Montreal in 1957, Charles Carson has been devoting himself entirely to his art since 1983. Over the years he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. At the age of 33, Charles made his own discovery of Latin America and lived in Columbia for nearly 10 years. Here he produced extraordinary and exotic works, yet he always retained his sensitivity, depth and vivacity, as well as the dynamic range and variety of composition. Yet his paintings still hint at the winters of his youth — those gray storm-clouds that visit his works and give them a striking three-dimensional feel. “Although born in Montreal, I spent many years living in remote country settings where I pursued my chromatic search before moving to South America. I wanted to live new experiences, artistically as well as culturally. I developed a passion for skin-diving and gained artistic inspiration from scenes on the ocean floor, from the multitude and variety of colors to the cathedral light produced by the sun piercing the ocean surface. One day, I nearly lost my life during a skin-diving expedition. The whirlpool that nearly swept me away did not affect my love for open water.”
“Today I am no longer preoccupied by the foibles of life.
To the contrary, I allow myself to go with the flow and
to let my imagination run free. It is the best way to face life.”
Be it the roar of an ocean or the flow of a river, the excitement of the potential danger manifested in broad strokes of the pallet knife, in blue sheaves and successive waves, to form the pictorial theme of a marine scene in the Carsonism or mosaic movement.
Influenced through his admiration of van Gogh, Cézanne and Turner, at thirty-three, Carson spent time in Latin America where the spirit of inspiration gleaned from Columbian and other landscapes led him to a new personal era of expression through his imagery. Carson made a name for himself there, where he held numerous exhibitions and developed an amicable relationship with Fernando Botero. While many native artists left for Europe and America in search of fame and fortune, Carson found international recognition from his stay in South America. The influence the painters, topography and people of Colombia exerted upon the young Carson, and the vibrant and ancient culture that he absorbed, is evident in much of his work today.
In recognition of his contribution, a life-size statue of the artist in bronze has been on view in a major Cartagena public building since 1997. He also created a monumental mural entitled El Caballo del Mar for the main hall of Cartagena’s principal airport, and he executed another mural entitled Yo hice lo que tu querias for the Church in Santo Domingo (a renowned Heritage Monument).
Carson’s travels were the impetus for his deep feelings regarding the social and ecological problems of today’s societies. His fascination with and love of nature occupies a primary place in his creations. A major turning point in his work were tropical scenes combining colors usually associated with a Caribbean sunset.From this starting point, he produces even greater depth and power than would seem conceivable from the paint. What technique manages to get such verve from color, and yet such detail? Again, it can only be described as “Carsonism.”
His physical control is always evident and he paints in bold strokes of incredibly vibrant color yet with a delicacy and intimacy that touches an emotional chord in the viewer. The making one of the strength and softness is the basis of the resultant beauty. This masterful technique has gained the artist a legion of collectors and admirers internationally and his works are sought after by serious collectors around the world.
What is especially interesting and exciting about Carsonism is the fact that he was determined from the onset to contain his desire to be recognized as an exhibiting artist until he was confident that his body of work — from the very beginning — would be unique in a world where imitation, appropriation and other flattering forms of self-indulgence were and still are rampant. Carson’s approach was like that of a monk, or a martial artist in training who would not come out to do battle until totally confident that the results would end in victory. Of course, there are no guarantees in this life of anything, yet Carson took that leap of faith, based upon years of study, trial and error and inspiration.
Carson a discovery … “Carsonism”, 1992
“In my capacity as art expert and historian, it has given me great pleasure to examine a significant quantity of the artist’s paintings. I was struck by their freshness, dynamism and rhythm -- the freshness and vivacity of the palette, the dynamism and diversity of the compositions, the rhythm that animates each segment of his paintings, much like the best jazz piece whose sense of improvisation opens up the instinctive structure of the melody and animates it with its syncopated syntax. If one prefers, it can be compared to a Scarlatti sonata or a Vivaldi concerto whose variations and modulations define the structure and subtlety of the piece.”
Carson gives his paintings a depth that makes the best demonstrations of perspective pale in comparison…none of contemporary art’s well known “isms” seem appropriate and I must resign myself (with great satisfaction I might add) to naming this new movement: CARSONISM !”
Guy ROBERT, (1933-2000)
Founder of the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, art historian, writer and editor,
author of an analysis in which “Carsonism” was described in glowing terms.
Early in his career, the artist employed traditional techniques, gaining inspiration from his environment. His early figurative works left him unsatisfied and he started to lean towards a semi-figurative and extremely personal style of painting. This technique, along with his unique pictorial language rapidly affirmed themselves and his talent was revealed with each new creation.
The artist produces extraordinary works that exhibit sensitivity, depth and liveliness, as well as dynamism and variety of composition that characterize his work. “From an early age, I was in search of other sources of inspiration. I was born with a personality that was exuberant, imaginative and inventive. My inherent curiosity instilled in me the desire to delve beyond a simple explanation of how something worked. My persistence helped me to find answers to many questions – not necessarily the best answers or those that were for my own good.
Carson’s imagination led him to a sense of a place beyond, higher, farther, deeper. He was seeking out a unique destiny with other universes to discover. Hence his fascination with the underwater life, so evident in many of his paintings and other universes perhaps yet to be discovered. His goal was to create a life for himself as an artist that was not subject to anyone’s authority. Refusing to follow a predetermined path, he greatly preferred the unknown.
In international art exhibitions, Carson’s work stands alone. His stalls are sanctuaries in which he and the viewers can escape to a tranquil place, inhabited with a realistic presence of the aforementioned storm clouds but marked with a placidity, a bouquet if you will of sweetness and softness. The flowers, the fish and the birds are created with a power reflected the divinity of their creation, represented by an artist who considers it his right to transform a concrete image of the eye into something different guided by his innate sensitivity and an artistic gift that allows him to incorporate into his works personal feelings, to share his universe of color, dreams, thoughts and emotions.
Carson says, “The art of painting is to forget the subject matter; it no longer exists, relegated to the shadows, lights and reflections of color.” van Gogh may have said the same thing. They both take the reality of a scene and transform it into their own very specific concoction that somehow, when put together, is a coherent, emotional and brilliant force. Watching Carson at work is like watching a tiger in his natural habitat. Stalking his prey, the artist is firm in his quest. The quest being perfection, that is to make something, lterally out of nothing that has an impact on one’s emotions and beyond that, to get the world to recognize his creations as valuable entities in the continuum of art history. It may be legitimately asked, how many artists are so instantly recognizeable that critics had to come up with a name, i.e. a school of thought even, for the produced work. That Carsonism has caught on is not just a freak show or the work of a great publicist. The fact is he has taken all the schools that have come before him, blended them into his subconscious and developed his art form.
Carson is far from one-dimensional and a follower of no one. He would not exhibit a single painting until he was certain he had created an approach that could only be attributed to him. It came after years of contemplation, hours of experimentation and decades of polishing a format that came to be known as Carsonism. How many artists are so attached to a style that the world recognizes it by the artist’s own name? Was there an artist named Impression? Or Modern? No. Carson created his style, his language and whether it was because he was ostracized in gym class for lack of athletic ability, or because his family didn’t send him to a fine art finishing school, or whatever the reason, Carson put himself in front of that blank canvas, or whatever else he was working on, and made it resonate with his own words. It’s a language we all can understand, no matter the country of our origin and it is a lot easier to communicate internationally in this manner.
"There is one constant in all of the analyses and for each of the experts and art historians and it is this: Carson’s work generates energy, an unparalleled “joie de vivre” which is reflected in a mastery of forms and transparency of colors."
What Carson has done is invent an approach to life that is that of a warrior wielding a paintbrush for a sword, A ninja in paint. His mannerisms are disciplined. There is no waste or obfuscation. Everything is crystalline. Shining, bright and brilliant, even in the way he operates the front end of his business, travels to exhibits, sets them up, prepares the wall space of an exposition so that every inch is maximized. He is not going down without a fight and every aspect of his creativity is measured.
Hemingway’s sentences are short and sweet. Could he write like Fitzgerald or Faulkner or Steinbeck? Maybe. Pollock could draw. He could render so that when a fool looks at a drip masterpiece and says, “My kid could do that,” well maybe. But he certainly couldn’t knock out a realistic charcoal passable sketch which gave Pollock credibility with the so-called cognoscenti.
Therefore one might ask, could Carson create in another manner? Maybe is the answer again. But it is clear he never wanted to be anything other than an original. What is true about Carson and many other great artists is that they put the time in, often in the deepest of solitudes, to accomplish their vision. This is the part that is most daunting for a human being. Have you read that the author of numerous best-sellers, Harold Robbins, with all the money he needed, had one room painted in his home totally black, with only a desk, typewriter and single pointed spotlight attached from the ceiling to shine over his shoulder onto the matter at hand, in his case words on paper? Carson’s fierce spirit of determination and invention is akin to this. Even the small paintings—not to be confused with a minor work because none of Carson’s work can be deemed minor — contribute to the thematic line of his vision. The point may be not only to create a new language, but to say something in it by taking the alphabetical fragmentation of each word and making them into a coherent statement of power. An artist uses various tools to perform such a task and Carson’s experiments (successes and failures) with glass and kilns and explosions and his years of sitting in Catholic churches as a youth in rich and poor parishes of his native Quebec and being enthralled by the imagery and refractions of light on and through the glass are well-documented.
How did you grow into becoming an artist?
I did not attend a fine arts school despite my desire to do so. Neither my family nor social environment fostered such pursuits. Regardless, this did not inhibit my perpetual search for a pictorial language.
The “still life” paintings that I was working at during this time were academic exercises. The subject
matter was of little importance. These studies allowed me to explore space and depth, two elements that would be crucial to my future work.
I was also doing glass etching with a diamond tip. By superimposing layers of glass, I produced the three dimensional effect that I was looking for. I experimented with various processes, including: collage, copper, paint and grass. The inspiration came from my discovery of the magnificent Lalique crystal in Europe.
Although this creative technique was received positively, I was not through searching. I continued to perfect my technique for juxtaposing colors, using acrylic to create vivid abstract forms. On a linen canvas, I spread pieces of colored glass, complemented by strokes of acrylic to create an impression of haut-relief. Then, to make the colors explode, I highlighted them with an ultra bright lacquer. I was fascinated and seduced by the art of the master glassmakers of Murano and to emulate their artistry, I heated huge, multi-level ceramic ovens, created moulds and inserted my glazed pieces at a temperature of 2,000 to 3,000 degrees.
What kind of artist tools did you employ?
I desperately wanted to reproduce with paint, the textures, forms and transparency of stained glass windows. I used oils, acrylics, pastels and charcoals in my artistic process. All recovery areas served to advance my experimentations for adherence and durability.
I spared no effort during these years of experimentation with special effects and contemporary art. I would drop bags of paint from the roof of the house and rush to see the splatters they created on the sidewalk! Or I would use a drill to spin a panel I had coated with different colors of acrylic paint. Not to mention the balloon filled with paint that I would burst over a canvas… I even used an old bicycle
wheel to spread colors on a canvas to see the effect it produced.
Once, I nearly burned my house down experimenting with a special lacquer. This misadventure brings a smile today. I learned that paint and fire do not make good partners. In my efforts to recreate the “Murano effect”, the wooden roof of my studio as well as the work in progress were reduced to ashes.
This incident, as is often the case with fortuitous scientific experiments, allowed me to perfect a mixture of glass and epoxy finished with a blowtorch.
I lost count of the number of plaster moulds that were sacrificed for the cause. Not to mention the kilos of glass tiles used during the mosaic experiments. Since those days, I have used an acrylic paint that is more malleable for the textures, dries more quickly and allows for multiple layering of color. My first subjects were bouquets of flowers, done in an abstract style.
For me, the message necessarily had to be communicated with the proper tools. I strove to find a language that was personal.
It was both a quest and a challenge.
“Carson to the ism” … “Hero of Creativity” – Let the next writer come up with
a better catch phrase, for now that is a standard they have to top.
“Charles Carson’s painting is divided into two approaches which are both distinct and complimentary. One was even named Carsonism by some art critics and historians. This approach is not easy to describe, but generally speaking it is composed of an infinite succession of slightly oblique strokes which, on the surface, add maximum energy to our perception of theme and subject, with the whole being animated through subtle transparencies which are quite sensational, creating an impression of depth and color. It’s like an incessant flow of particles — all the same size — which sweep the paint with fascinating, even disconcerting regularity. Carson’s second approach is simply that of mosaic. As its name suggests, we find a fragmentation of form and surface characteristic of the mosaic style. In both instances the artist endows the surface of his canvasses with great energy, creating an altered state in which his powerfully metaphorical universe is expressed.” — Robert Bernier, art historian Magazine Parcours, The Advisor of Arts - Winter 2004
It is an artistic and creative fact of life that Carson goes about his work
with a precision that is almost unfathomable.
Carsonism came about through his adaptation of the aforementioned media into application by brush on canvas. Not since Pousette-Dart has anyone done this with such power and coherence. While Pousette-Dart built his paintings up with oil, sometimes over the course of 30 years, and created embryonic universes within and without the rules of art — brilliant universes of revolving natural forms that from a distance as well as from up-close reveal secrets of creation unknown to most mortal men — Carson, in devising his approach, takes a similar path to a similar result with a voice all his own. In addition to his soulful work, what I loved best about Pousette-Dart comes from a story his wife Evelyn related just before his one man show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Richard told the curator that if his banner outside was one inch smaller than Picasso’s, they could forget about the show.”
While nowhere nearly as famous or collected as Picasso, at the recent Armory art fair, the Poussette-Dart’s were flying off his gallery’s wall at about $400k for a 30” x 40”. Mid-show, I heard the dealer call Evelyn asking for more.
That, say more than a few scholars and critics, is how it will be for Carson. He is young enough to attain that level; also skilled enough and also original enough. He’s going to France for three years to concentrate on making museum pieces and they will have to think hard to come up with better a headline than this: “Carson to the ism” and “Hero of Creativity.” Let the next writer come up with a better catch phrase, for now that is a standard they have to top.
Whether fighting off the gym class bullies or working his way out of a cylindrical spout of water in which he almost drowned, Carson’s paintings show a power that opts for life. In the Carsonism pieces, he recreates natural scenes with deconstructionist vengeance, the three dimensionality of his minute dollops of sculpted paint surround the spaces, fill the emptiness. That’s Carson to the ism. Clean, well-lit. Fully functional but esoteric.
“Oh, there’s a bird amidst all that,” a viewer would note. Or a fish. Or a reflection from light cascading to the depths of the sea or a natural burst of energy from a trip up the Amazon. Carson has been there and done that and the main thing is that he gives these scenes, these segments, these minute conglomerations of acrylic a glazed energy so that when they are combined into one unit you see exactly what he wants you to see. The veil is opened, but the real question is: “to what?”
That’s where the art critics come in. They know and they have seen. Carson isn’t saying. It was more than enough for him to invent this style and then to top it off with what he calls the “Mosaic Movement.” This is a whole other field of dreams, but if you could chop off a bunch of square inches on a mosaic and drop it into a canvas of Carsonism, they would work together. Blend somehow in unity. After all, wasn’t it the American poet/philosopher Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, who was famous for his statement, “Beauty is the making one of opposites.”?
Yes, it is an artistic and creative fact of life that Carson goes about his work with a precision that is almost unfathomable. Look at a masterwork by Vasarely. A modern viewer could not imagine anything being executed like that without the help of a computer generated graphic. Carson’s pieces are puzzles that come together as a triune entity of paintbrush, palette and painter as One and they must become as one integrated into the format necessary to produce masterful depictions of whatever the artist envisions. They work as if a Sumi-e drawing because Carson makes no sketches, no pre-conceived notions. Just step up the plate and hit the ball out of the park.
As successful as he is, there is a hunger to Carson that seems to be unquenchable. An insatiable thirst to do more, to do better, to be the standard by which all other artists are measured.
“Charles Carson presents us with magnificent visual richness.
The viewer must learn to read - consciously or not - the scenes or subjects being proposed. Carson interprets and transposes with great strength and subtlety. An attitude that within the visual arts world, precedes and follows all major careers.” – 1993 Jacques de Roussan, (1929-1995) Historian, publisher, writer and art consultant.
“My first inspirations for the Carsonisme and mosaic movements came from Quebec. The stained glass windows of our many churches as well as the color and transparency of the province’s spectacular autumn scenes fascinated me. The image of autumn leaves reflecting in the river culminated in the mosaic movement.
In my younger years, I was fascinated by sunligh-t shining through stained glass windows. This image has always had a hold of my imagination which probably explains why I have always sought to replicate this transparency and luminosity and to create the effect of light coming from behind the canvas. Both the Carsonism and mosaic movements are reflections of water in motion.” — Charles Carson
In this world, there is a train to glory and Carson is a passenger, riding close to the front. John Dunne made this statement for eternity: “No man is an island” and that’s for sure. “It matters not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” Carson sees this and his stance as an artist of great individuality is tempered by his compassion for the earth and his fellow man. His paintings are manifestations of his thoughts and deeds, his hopes for a better world, a just world, a beautiful world of peace and harmony. Knowing this about him further fuels our interest in his creative vortex — a whirling mass of sensibility and sensitivity to not only God’s love but our obligation to our Creator to return favors granted. This is the meaning of the creative life in which we strive for greatness, recognition, riches and fame (of course) but in doing so, seek to bring mankind along with us. It’s a long train running, this train for glory, and the sensitive ones are prone to fall by the wayside. Carson tempers his passion with great control, seemingly, in his work and this may just be the key to unlocking the magic in his imagery and in his reason for being. Getting his message out to as many as possible is a motivating force in his life at this time and recognition from the media and an ever-growing group of collectors fuels this. Carson is building a legend and could that be said about you and me? And if not, why not? If Carson could do this, why can’t any of us? and that seems to be what he is telling us in a language we can understand: the language of creativity. We are all born with certain gifts and it is up to us to discover and exploit them. Carson’s placid demeanor houses a fury inside which must come to the forefront. Fortunately for him, and us, it does. Whether he will go down in the annals as the great master many think he is, time will tell. One thinks that if a Carson is placed side by side with any contemporary or even historic work of art, the Carson will rise to the top, in much the same way that musicians can be compared, or ballplayers or even journalists. What it all comes down to in the end is how deeply we are committed to developing and perfecting the kernel of greatness that resides inside us all. How often we miss the mark and come up short, whether in art or life, and how often must we push ourselves, pick ourselves up dust ourselves off and start all over again? As often as it takes, say the great ones. Therefore in this period of time, it is a great to be alive while Charles Carson walks the earth and paints his paintings.
Strong and calm, he leads us on a straight and narrow path to our pre-ordained destiny. After all, we weren’t born here to be mediocre, were we? The pursuit of greatness is open to all. The force of real love is the fuel, combined with talent innate, that gets us where we have to go, less we fall by the wayside and have to come back and do it again.
“To be able to know such an artist during his lifetime is extremely rewarding.”
By CHRISTIAN SORRIANO, Paris 2009
Art no longer holds any secrets or mysteries for a seasoned pro like me. Copyists, imitators and opportunists are quickly unmasked; self-proclaimed “artists” daubing in images of the sea, flowers, bodies or faces that have no soul, no emotion.
Shunning popular trends and cheap visual effects, Charles Carson reveals the many unique facets of his immense poetic skill in each and every one of his paintings. They offer a breath of life, his life, questioning and delighting the minds and trained eyes of connoisseurs.
Charles Carson has staked his claim to artistic posterity, for today one proclaims “it’s a Carson” in the same manner that one refers to the works of immortal artists like Picasso, Matisse, Warhol or Basquiat.
Christian SORRIANO, President of Drouot Cotation, Expert in Arts and Antiquities, Expert in public auctions, Expert and assessor with the Customs Commission, Expert for Administrative Tribunals, Expert with the International Union, Official government representative, by ministerial decree dated December 2, 1992, with a mandate to organize the “Art and Antiquities Professions”
“Charles Carson has the art of deconstructing his designs with an
astonishing elegance. The purity and transparency of colors and their
juxtaposition bring them all into a harmonious whole stemming from and
inspired by the pleasure of handling forms. These enigmatic compositions,
transformed in the laboratory of his fertile imagination clearly show
the mastery of the artist.” — LOUIS BRUENS Art historian, writer and expert, Founder of Académie internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec
““I think that Charles Carson has a very bright future because he takes care of his painting and he takes care of the people who buy his paintings. It’s very important for a painter to follow up with the things he creates and for me, this is something human. So I think that if he continues to love people, I’m sure that his fans will all remain friends with him because he is great company and they’ll continue to support him.”
– CHAMPLAIN CHAREST, MD,
Renown wine enthusiast and avid art collector, was a close friend of Jean Paul Riopelle, with whom he shared passions. The two men met in Paris in 1968 and remained close throughout the years.
I am responsible for laboratory analyses and expertise in archeology and works of art, better known as the Laboratoire LAE. Our job is to authenticate works of art, that is, to make a scientific study of a work of art. We analyze the material that defines the essence of an artist in order to thwart forgeries. We analyze the composition of the constituent materials of a work of art in order to discover the gestures, the experience, and the creativity of the artist. I believe that our work is very rewarding and that it’s an opportunity because we get to meet great creators, great artists and beautiful works, which can sometimes be of very humble origin. This is the case, for example, of the first drawings in a decorated cave or the primitive writings of an ancient manuscript. But this can also be a brush stroke of a Leonardo da Vinci or the touch of a van Gogh, a Matisse, a Monet or a Chagall. So many great creators, great artists, who in their own way, help shape our evolution and humanity. I like to say, quite simply, that the works of these great masters are also important and bring as much information as the equations of Albert Einstein.
So, you ask me, through all this, where does the work of Charles Carson stand? Well again, we are very fortunate. To be able to know such an artist during his lifetime is extremely rewarding, because we know for a fact that his work will shape our evolution and humanity.
Charles Carson is a great creator. His work is inimitable, personal, spontaneous. I don’t know of any other work that resembles his. It is halfway between abstract and figurative art, it is not part of any movement or trend. His work is a superposition of materials, of shapes, colors, drawings that create a world of its own that is visually very rich, so rich that it even creates a world of sound.
To be copied is the fate of great artists and Charles Carson will not escape this. His work is extremely unique, and we know from experience that it is very complex to copy his work, but it is also what defines the quality of a great artist, in this case a great Canadian artist.
– BÉATRICE SZEPERTYSKI (Director and Founder of the Laboratoire d’analyses et d’expertises en archéologie et oeuvres d’art, a laboratory for analyzing archaeology and works of art that is better known as the Laboratoire LAE, Bordeaux, France. Scientific expert in art, Expert in the central office against the trafficking of cultural property.
When Carson meets his maker, it is certain he will be told, “Well done…You have been faithful over a little; I shall set you over much; enter the joy of your Lord.”
Carson says he has learned much in his 55 years on this earth. I have learned much simply by observing him, his actions, his work ethic and the response to it. While I have many objects of art in my environment, the Carson stands out as a champion. Not for its size, but for its power. It is a conglomeration of everything the man represents: legitimacy, attention to detail, the yin of softness and the yang of accountability. A light emanates from it. Herein lies the secret to human happiness: get it done and get it done right. There’s a serenity, as if feng shu-ing life from the inside out.
Carson makes a case that we can have it all. Teaching by example deep wisdom, Carson’s paintings simplify dichotomies, pinpointing pathways to understanding, what the yogis call self-realization. Hendrix said, “Love can be found anywhere, even in a guitar.” Carson seems to be saying it can be found in a simple brushstroke, a collection of which brings thought to life, a triumph of good over evil. Of mind over matter. Of gain over loss. Thankfully, we have on earth, in our midst, in these pages, a representative of the power of a still, small voice speaking to us amidst the storm. With an artist like Carson at work, it is indeed a good time to be alive, if for no other reason than to see what will be his next creative invention.
Victor Forbes is Editor-in-Chief and
co-founder of Fine Art Magazine,
published continuously from New York
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