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    KEN CARLSON (American, b. 1937)

    Oil on canvas
    30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: K Carlson

    Ken Carlson attributes his love of wildlife to his childhood and cannot remember a time when he thought of being anything other than an artist. At the age of 15, Carlson won a "Draw Me" contest that awarded him a two-year scholarship to the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, where he studied with noted animal illustrator Walter Wilwerding. Later he attended the Minneapolis School of Art and went on to work as a TV and newspaper illustrator. In the evenings, Carlson would visit the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul. He was so well liked by the director there that he was allowed to study and sketch the animals in the late evenings when the zoo was closed to the public. This was something that Carlson preferred since the animals were much more active, alert, and uninhibited without people around.

    Carlson's painting Tiger is a wonderful example of how his studies translate into full-sized compositions. With precision, Carlson has caught a fleeting moment in the life of this beautiful and majestic animal. The tiger is gazing out of the frame and away from the viewer, as it lowers its head. Something has obviously caught the tiger's attention, and the moment before the animal responds is what Carlson has captured. This work is a wonderful example of Carlson's ability to convey the emotion in his subjects; a talent that has established him as one of the best wildlife painters of our time.

    Condition Report*: Good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    July, 2009
    16th Thursday
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