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 sufficiently impressed
by Gladson's extraordinary abilities that he bought a work for his
personal collection. Gladson's reputation as a skilled and insightful
painter has grown continuously. His work has been represented in numerous
one-person and group exhibitions since that time. He is a professor
emeritus at El Camino Community College, the second largest community
college in the United States, where he taught painting, drawing and
design for many years. In addition, his work is part of the permanent
collections of the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of
Both Asian masters and French Impressionists infuse Carson Gladson's
work although his compositions reveal a personal and unique view of
nature developed during forty years of intense observation. Gladson's
work is both pastoral and serene. 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 Gladson
has recently begun working with a technique 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, Gladson
evokes a fantastical world for the viewer to explore. The enhancement
by computer, printing and further working on the prints by adding
pastel painting creates unique, original work which could not be accomplished
using traditional methods. Gladson states, "I've taken subjects
I find most compelling: the figure, the landscape, the detailed study
and symbolic abstract forms, and combined them; not just side by side
as in traditional collage, but fluidly and transparently, drifting
together and showing through each other to enhance the meaning and
beauty of each image."
The result is art with the serenity of a classical landscape combined
with the depth, psychology, and imagination of pre-Raphaelite allegory
-- an exciting mix of technology and technique, of sensitivity and
represents a type of rapidly disappearing artist and human being."
William Wilson, Los Angeles
". . .
there is a quiet, almost shy invitation to share delights - delights
in nature, its color and forms, and their relationships . . . most
of these have been transposed by a vivid and sensitive artist into
lovely, allusive symbols."
Virginia Laddey, Independent
is immediately likable because of the elegance of his shapes and the
beauty and richness of his colors. These works maintain their interest
to viewers over a span of time due to their strength and integrity
. . ."
H.L.Weeks, Former Curator
of the Long Beach Museum of Art.
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