Carson Gladson, an internationally recognized landscape artist, won his first award for painting in a juried exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art at the age of nineteen. The museum’s curator was so impressed by Carson’s extraordinary abilities that he bought a work for his personal collection. Since then, Carson’s reputation as a skilled and insightful painter has grown exponentially. His work has been represented in numerous one-person and group exhibitions since that time. He was a tenured professor of art for more than thirty years at El Camino Community College, the second largest community college in the US, where he taught painting, drawing and design. In addition, his work is part of the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Over the years, he has experimented with a variety of media as well as with various levels of realism from dream-like impressionism to enhanced reality to create images saturated in rich color and atmosphere.
An accomplished draftsman, painter and photographer, Carson began working with a technique in 2002 that he calls “transparent collage” – a sophisticated computer technology. Through the creation of multiple layers of images originating from a multiplicity of his own paintings and drawings, and precisely controlling their density and opacity with even the deepest strata emerging, Carson evoked a fantastical world for the viewer. The result is art with the serenity of a classical landscape combined with the depth and imagination of pre-Raphaelite allegory – an exciting mix of technology, sensitivity and skill.
His most recent work developed in 2014 came about out of the will to continue his passion in spite of the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.
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