Painterly Portraits of Michael Carson 8

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Born in Minneapolis in 1972, Michael Carson graduated from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Design and worked as a graphic artist before pursuing painting full-time. Inspired by artists including Toulouse Lautrec and John Singer Sargent, Carson’s paintings are reminiscent of a bygone era. However Carson uses modern techniques in many of the paintings; paint drips and muted, almost faded, patches of canvas, punctuated by dark shadows or bright features. Carson’s portraits are beautifully painterly, sensual, and satisfying.

Morning Light, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Morning Light, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Backstage, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Backstage, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Pink Dress, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Pink Dress, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Either Way, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Either Way, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Man in Jacket, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Man in Jacket, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Faraway Look, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Faraway Look, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

A Molly in Chair, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

A Molly in Chair, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Lounge Band Set Break, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Lounge Band Set Break, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Morning Stretch, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Morning Stretch, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Blue Sweater, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Blue Sweater, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Barely Interested, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Barely Interested, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Pokerface, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Pokerface, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Bend, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Bend, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Blue Dahlia, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Blue Dahlia, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 

Florals, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

Florals, oil on canvas by Michael Carson

 


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