Jon Carsman, American (1944 - 1987)

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Jon Carsman was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania in 1944, and he grew up surrounded by the Appalachian Mountain Range with its lush woods and forests. Carsman found the source of his inspiration in the play of color and light reflected across the framed houses streets and countryside of small town America.

Jon likes to be in the woods at springtime to capture its arrival. His paintings synthesize realism and fantasy. To quote the artist, "I want, with the woodland scenes, to create certain phenomena that take place in nature. I want to paint wonderful pools of water with shimmering reflections."
Carsman's paintings reflect the resurgence of American realism in art. Realism is not an identifiable technique or style but an attitude, a view of the world that offers perception without artifice. Realism examines and represents the subject without isolating it from its surroundings. The everyday reality that Carsman paints is a selected experience For the layman, subjectivity is a condition of perception. Our preconceived ideas of reality have clouded our objectivity in viewing reality. The artist's vision, especially the New Realist vision, make the relationships as simple and direct as possible.

Color is an important factor in Carsman's work. His pallet is vibrant and intense. Often his work is reminiscent of Roualt's brilliant stained glass church windows. Carsman isolates strong areas of color in juxtaposition with dark outline, the colors become chrystalized motifs with a sparkling jewel like quality. Color is the greatest emotional factor in painting and Carsman uses this device very successfully. Carsman paints broad areas of vivid high-key tones with a surprising effect that creates a dynamic interplay of light and shadow.

Individual Exhibitions
1968 Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1969 Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
1972 Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1973 Images Gallery, Toledo Ohio
Jacob's Ladder Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1974 Tower Gallery, Southampton; L.I., NY
Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
1970-74 Graham Gallery, New York
1975 Forsythe Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas
Vick Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1976 Fischbach Gallery, New York
Coventry Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Images Gallery, Toledo, Chic
1977 Coventry Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Peter M. David Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alien House Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Fischbach Gallery, New York
Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
1978 Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
City University of New York, New York
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas
1973 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York

Collective Exhibitions
1972 Hall Galleries, Miami, Florida

"Windows and Doors," Hechscher Museum, Huntington, L.I. N~Y,
1972-74 Graham Gallery, New York
1973 Forsythe Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1973-76 Tower Gallery, Southampton, L.I. N.Y.
1973 "200 Years of American Painting," Mid-American Art Alliance traveling show

1974 "Our Great American Heritage in Painting'' Tower Gallery, New York

1976 "Contemporary images in Watercolor,'' Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
Tower Gallery, Southampton, L.I, N.Y.
"Painting and Sculpture Today: The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
"Art Works" Milwaukee Wisconsin
1977 "20th Century American Paintings and Sculpture," Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
"American Landscapes," Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
"Group Show," Galerie Jean-Pierre, Paris
"Group Show," Heath Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1978 ''20th Century American Paintings and Sculpture," Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
Collector's Choice, Mississippi
Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi
''Cityscape," Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Permanent Collections
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New York University Collection, New York
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The Denver Art Museum Denver, Colorado

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