"The Figure Takes Form" New Works by Michael Carson

Well known figurative artist Michael  Carson will debut his latest collection on December 3, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ (Location and Hours). Carson has been a mainstay at Bonner David since 2006 attracting acclaim from critiques and collectors all over the U.S. Last year American Art Collector Magazine raved about Carson’s work (to read the full article click here Michael Carson in AAC). They loved him so much they just had to feature him again…Don’t miss Michael’s profile in this month’s issue of AAC!

Best known for his broad brushstrokes, use of color, and enticing settings; Carson represents his subjects in familiar arenas such as nightclubs, jazz bars, café’s, and intimate rooms.

When asked about his style Carson states, “My work is first and foremost figurative studies. It’s what I like to paint, my biggest challenge and my greatest payoff. My nondescript surroundings help me create a mood or a story that I am trying to relay through my painting. Inspiration comes from architectural interiors as well as fashion and my work allows me to explore and explain this side of myself. Seeing how the work evolves, the subtle and the drastic differences, and looking forward to the future is what keeps me painting. I view a painting as a success when I take from it something new that follows me into my next work.” 

"Blue Window" by Michael Carson

While Carson continues to entice us with his captivating figures, he is now also making strides in the genre of sculpting. With the upcoming show approaching, and excitement over the new bronze sculptures growing, we just had to know more about this inspired new collection. So, we sent our intern Elizabeth on a mission to get the full scoop!

Elizabeth: What made you want to start sculpting?

Carson: I have always wanted to try sculpting, but it was important to me to concentrate on one medium for a good period of time, from a technical standpoint as well as a business one.

Elizabeth: Was it something you had always thought you might do? Why have you decided to make that transition now?
Carson: I guess I started it when I was feeling a little inspirational blockage from painting and just needed a new creative diversion.

Elizabeth: What is the inspiration for all of your new works?
Carson: My inspiration is still the figure. I’ve had people say that some of my sculptures resemble characters from my paintings and that is just fine by me.

Elizabeth: Have you noticed an evolution in your painting since taking up the sculpting that, perhaps, you had not expected?

Carson: Yes, I have seen sculpting affect my painting tremendously! The act of having to see something in 3 dimensions is a very trying exercise. As you turn a piece around you literally have to get all angles correct and that is very technical, especially when you do not have the perfect reference and have to conceive it in your mind. But, as I go to paint I find myself seeing the figure in multiple angles and that is always helpful in correcting your drawing skills. I feel it has made me a better figure painter. But what I love about sculpting is not worrying about color. Color is tricky and complicated for me and it is nice to just work a piece and not have to consider that. The actual act of working with the hands is a great experience as well. The first couple of days my hands were so sore, it really is quite a physical practice.

"Flapper" by Michael Carson (original clay)

"Flapper" by Michael Carson (original clay)

You can discover Michael Carson’s latest collection of 1920’s inspired paintings and bronze sculpture at Bonner David Galleries. For more information or to receive a listing of the full collection please contact us at art@bonnerdavid.com or call 480.941.8500