Artist John W. Carlson sees the negative spaces

Artist John W. Carlson's "Negative Space" exhibit will be on display at BAYarts through June.

Award-winning Bay Village artist John W. Carlson, whose work is exhibited at BAYarts through June, believes that sometimes what isn’t seen – the “negative spaces” – is what creates the relationship between the image and the surrounding space. Although John credits the inspiration of artists such as Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, he has developed a personal and recognizable style. The result is a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings combining traditional oils, charcoal and graphite on mostly large canvases.

John’s technique, combined with his strict emphasis on drawing as a fundamental requirement for work in all mediums, has made him a favorite member of BAYarts faculty with his students, from beginners to experienced artists.

“It’s like working with a master craftsman, sharing what he’s taken years to learn and master, yet he seems to find genuine reward in seeing the results in students work,” says Karen Petkovic, who has taken several of John’s classes and credits her own growth as an artist by applying the fundamental skills John teaches.

Until recently, John produced even his largest canvases in his Bay Village garage studio, which could be challenging in inclement weather. Now he has a dedicated studio space in the Arts and Crafts building on in the St. Clair-Superior Arts District, complete with heat, air conditioning and great light.

“Negative Space” will be in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House and the work of his figure drawing students will be in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery in the Huntington House through June. For more on John and his work

Pixie Emerson

BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 AM, 06.11.2013