Charles Carson discovered Latin America at the age of 33.
Studio of Charles Carson, Carthagène Colombia, South America
At the age of 33, Charles made his own discovery of Latin America and lived in Columbia for nearly 10 years.Here he produced extraordinary works from which emanates an exotic aroma, yet he always retained his sensitivity, depth and vivacity, as well as the dynamic range and variety of composition that characterize his works.The surfaces of all his canvases are covered with a large quantity of paint that employs a pure and contrasting palette.
Yet his paintings still hint at the winters of his youth - those gray storm-clouds that haunt his works and give them a striking three-dimensional feel. His physical control is always evident and he paints in bold strokes with a masterful technique.
Homage to Charles Carson: life size bronze statue executed by the sculptor Mario Rodriguez in Cartagena, Colombia
During a ten-year period, the Canadian artist collaborated actively in the artistic culture of the Fine Arts Museum in Cartagena, Colombia.
In recognition of his contribution, a life-size statue of the artist in bronze has been on view in a major Cartagena public building since 1997.
He also created a monumental mural entitled El Caballo del Mar for the main hall of Cartagena's principal airport, and he executed another mural entitled Yo hice lo que tu querias for the Church in Santo Domingo (a renowned Heritage Monument).
His circle of friends included several major Colombian artists such as Botero, to name only one.
Detail of work entitled "El caballo of mar" (the sea horse) of 4 meters X 3 meters, which decorates the hall of the principal airport of Cartagena
Internationally recognized, Charles Carson is honored to be able to count among his collectors Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, who acquired one of his works at an exhibition in Boston.
Extract of Louis Bruens,
"..Charles Carson has the art of deconstructing his designs with an astonishing elegance. The purity and transparency of colors and their juxtaposition bring them all into a harmonious whole stemming from and inspired by the pleasure of handling forms. These enigmatic compositions, transformed in the laboratory of his fertile imagination clearly show the mastery of the artist."
Work entitled "El caballo of mar" (the sea horse) of 4 meters X 3 meters, which decorates the hall of the principal airport of Cartagena
"..The powerful and fascinating chromatic compositions of Charles Carson remind us of what Kandinsky wrote in 1910 in his Uber das Geistige in der Kunst (The Spiritual in Art)." (L.B)
"To view the works of Carson is to contemplate and discover the figurative through the abstract in a chromatic explosion that brings happiness. They do our spirits good. Their quality, originality and dynamic spirit lead us forward, uplift us and fill us with joy".
Pierrette Labonté, Curator
"Charles Carson presents us with magnificent visual richness. The viewer must learn to read - consciously or not - the scenes or subjects being proposed. Carson interprets and transposes with great strength and subtlety. An attitude that within the visual arts world, precedes and follows all major careers." Jacques de Roussan (1929-1995) publisher, writer and art consultant.