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Ken Carlson, b. 1937, Morton, Minnesota, (United States)
 
While many young boys dreamed of becoming baseball heroes like Joe DiMaggio when they grew up, Ken Carlson had aspirations of becoming an artist like Bob Kuhn. Carlson won a scholarship in an art contest to the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, where his teachers included the renowned animal illustrator, Walter Wilwerding (1891-1966). After high school, he attended the Minneapolis School of Art for a year, then joined a commercial art firm. Although commercial art was not his main professional focus, Carlson accepted a commission to illustrate for the publication Birds of Western North America (McMillan, 1972). After two years on the project, he returned to painting animals in oils on large-scale canvases. 
 
Today, Ken Carlson is widely recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of North American wildlife.  A critical element of Carlson’s work is first-hand observation. Every fall, he travels to Alaska, the Western prairies, or the Canadian Rockies to find his animal subjects when they are in full coat and prime physical condition.  His interest in animals and art combined and developed into a consuming lifelong vocation involving the study of animals in their environment.
 
Education
Art Instruction School, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis School of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Selected Exhibitions
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, Oklahoma City, OK, 1988-2014
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Jackson, WY , 1987-2014
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Los Angeles, CA, 2002-2013
Steamboat Art Museum, Solo Show, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2010
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, 1996
Genesee County Museum, Mumford, NY
Selected Press
“Ken Carlson: Roaming the Range.” Western Art Collector, Jan 2010,  pp. 126-129
Geraghty, John. “Ken Carlson:  A Fire Within.” Western Art Collector,  Sept 2009,pp.  43-51
Klepper, Dan E. “The Art of Birds – Texas Bird Artists.”  Texas Parks & Wildlife, May 2008, pp. 45-49
Dailey, Tim. “Ken Carlson: Featured Artist.” Bugle-Journal of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sept/Oct 2007, pp. 143
Doria, Craig.  “Ken Carlson Painting African Wildlife.”  Hunting In Sight Africa – Issue 9, April/May/June 2007, pp. 66 – 68
Abbett, Bob.  “Ken Carlson/Abbett on Art.”  Sporting Classics, Nov/Dec 2006, pp. 52-57
Gilbert, Sara.  “Ken Carlson: Looking for the Light.”  Art of the West, May/June 2005, pp. 70-75
Nelson, Mary. “Ken Carlson: Artistic Evolution.” Wildlife Art News, March/April 2004, pp. 42-47
Davis, Tom.  "Classic Carlson."  Sporting Classics, January/February 1995, Vol. 14,  No. 1, pp. 32-39
Wieland, Terry.  Interviews - "Ken Carlson."  Wildlife Art News, November/December 1994, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 52-57
Zanetell, Myrna.  "Ken Carlson:  Patience and Observation."  Southwest Art, November 1994, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 69
Wechsler, Chuck (Editor).  "This 'N That."  Sporting Classics, September/October 1994, Vol. 13, No. 5, p. 6 
Zanetell, Myrna.  "From Dick and Jane to Wildlife Artist:  Meet Ken Carlson."  Informart, September/October 1992, pp. 68-71
Game Conservation International.  "Portfolio - Ken Carlson."  Game Coin, Fall 1992, pp. 16-22 
Behrens, Shirley.  "Ken Carlson Mood Equals Impact."  Art of the West, May/June 1990, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 40-45 
Davis, Tom.  "Ken Carlson:  Crossing the Line."  Wildlife Art News, January/February 1989, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 28-37
Davis, Tom.  "Ken Carlson:  Crossing the Line."  The Illustrator, Summer/Fall 1989, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 4-17, 28-29 
Wexler, Mark.  "Art From the Heart of Nature."  National Wildlife, August/September 1987, Vol. 25, No. 5. pp. 34-39
Taylor, Zack.  "Ken Carlson."  Sports Afield, May 1986, Vol. 195, No. 5, pp. 87-91, 134
Preston, Sandy.  "Ken Carlson In the Mood."  Midwest Art,  November/December 1986, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 28-32
Sasser, Ray.  "Ken Carlson Strokes of Intensity."  Sporting Classics, May/June 1985, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 29-37
Johnson, Tom.  "The Fine Art of Ken Carlson."  Wildlife Art News, March/April 1984, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 16-20
Barber, Margery.  "Ken Carlson."  Southwest Art, November 1980, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 72-77
Selected Publications
Collector’s Covey, “Texas Brushstrokes”, 1999
Hagerty, Donald J.  1997.  Leading the West.  Northland publishing.  Flagstaff, Arizona.  214 pp.  VF/DJ
Collector’s Covey of Dallas, Texas, “From the Tundra To Texas: The Art of Ken Carlson”, Tom Davis, 1996
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.  1996.  Wildlife:  The Artist's View.  Wausau, Wisconsin.  92 pp.  (Wraps).  VF
Davis, Tom.  1994.  From the Tundra to Texas:  The Art of Ken Carlson.  Collectors Covey.  Dallas, Texas.  179 pp.  VF/DJ
Davis, Tom.  1994.  From the Tundra to Texas:  The Art of Ken Carlson.  #32/100 AP.  Collectors Covey.  Dallas, Texas.  179 pp.  VF/Slipcase
Anderson, Robert M.  1994.  Great Rams and Great Ram Hunters.  Collectors Covey.  Dallas, Texas.  255 pp.  VF/DJ
James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History.  1994.  Wildlife Art in America.  Bell Museum.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.  104 pp. (Wraps).  VF
National Wildlife Art Museum.  1992.  National Wildlife Art Museum.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  120 pp.  VF
Rayfield, Susan.  1985.  Wildlife Painting Techniques of Modern Masters.  Watson-Guptill Publications.  New York.  144 pp.  VF/DJ
Samuels, Peggy & Harold.  1985.  Contemporary Western Artists.  Bonanza Books.  New York.  607 pp.  VF/DJ
Van Gelder, Patricia.  1982.  Wildlife Artist at Work.  Watson-Guptill Publications.  New York.  175 pp.  VF/DJ.
Carlson, Ken and Lawrence Binford.  1974.  Birds of Western North America.  MacMillan Publishing Co. Inc.  New York.  223 pp.  VF/DJ
McMillan, “Birds of Western North America”, Illustrator, 1972
Awards
Briscoe Western Art Museum, Briscoe Legacy Award, San Antonio, Texas,  2011
Steamboat Art Museum, Carlson Exhibition “Influences and Inspirations”, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2010
Autry National Center, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
Sporting Classics Magazine, Sporting Art Award of Excellence, 2006
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Major General and Mrs. Don Pittman Wildlife Award, Jackson Hole, WY, 2001, 2004
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year, Missoula, MT, 2000
Prix de West, Frederic Remington Award, Oklahoma City, OK, 1999
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Distinguished Master Artist, Wasau, WI, 1996
Frederic Remington Award, 1999
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Distinguished Wildlife Artist, Wausau, WI, 1996
Sports Afield Magazine, Eminent Wildlife Artists Award, 1987
 

Artist Works

Lot 141a
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Untitled (Bighorn) ()
oil on board
32 x 48 in
$87,750
Lot 17
(2008)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Indian Summer- Grizzly ()
Oil on Board
24 x 36 in
$57,500
Lot 41
(2012)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Yellowstone Excursion (2012)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
$46,000
Lot 94
(2011)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Morning on the Gros Ventre - Moose (2011)
oil on board
20 x 30 in
$40,250
Lot 91
(2010)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Western Buttes - Pronghorn (2010)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
$37,375
Lot 127
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Great Plains Pronghorn (2015)
oil on board
28 x 42 in
$37,000
Lot 128
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Edge of the Shadows ()
oil on board
20 x 30 in
$35,100
Lot 119
(2009)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Juniper Shade ()
oil on board
15 x 34 in
$34,500
Lot 99
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Band of Bighorn (2014)
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$34,500
Lot 56
(2010)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Morning on the Snake River ()
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$31,625
Lot 217
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Testing the Water - Black Bear ()
oil on board
20 x 30 in
$30,420
Lot 111
(2013)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Piercing the Silence ()
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$29,250
Lot 169
(2013)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Snowy Owls ()
oil on board
36 x 48 in
$29,250
Lot 262
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Moving Up Stream ()
oil on board
24 1/4 x 36 in
$26,325
Lot 151
(2012)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Pair of Moose ()
oil on canvas
18 x 36 in
$21,850
Lot 71
(2013)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Traveling the Tundra ()
oil on board
15 x 30 in
$21,060
Lot 43
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Wash of Autumn ()
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$21,060
Lot 178
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
High Desert Winter ()
oil on board
18.5 x 28.5 in
$18,720
Lot 202
(2012)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Garden Visitors ()
oil on board
12 x 16 in
$13,800
Lot 49
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Inland Grizzly ()
oil on board
9 x 15 in
$12,870
Lot 89
(2012)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Classic Tail ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$12,650
Lot 152
(2012)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Season of Courtship ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$11,500
Lot 167
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
December Slopes ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$11,115
Lot 48
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Bull Moose ()
oil on board
9 x 18 in
$10,530
Lot 118
(2009)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Red Fox ()
oil on board
12 x 18 in
$9,775
Lot 265
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Mousing ()
oil on board
8 x 11 7/8 in
$9,945
Lot 168
(2013)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Autumn Light ()
oil on board
12 x 18 in
$9,360
Lot 226
(2008)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Channel Shoreline ()
Oil on Board
7 x 16 in
$9,200
Lot 130
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Essence of Spring ()
oil on board
12 x 18 in
$8,775
Lot 168
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Lynx ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$7,605
Lot 218
(2015)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Innocent Eyes - Whitetail ()
oil on board
12 x 18 in
$7,605
Lot 47
(2014)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Cow Moose ()
oil on board
12 x 18 in
$5,265
Lot 245
(2008)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Woodcock ()
Watercolor on Paper
18 x 18 in
$5,175
Lot 247
(2013)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Untitled ()
oil on board
15 x 22 in
$13,000–$13,000
Lot 318
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Polar Ice Pack ()
oil on board
20 x 40 in
$23,400
Lot 296
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Red Fox ()
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
$22,230
Lot 165
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Bull Elk Portrait ()
oil on board
32 x 44 in
$29,250
Lot 160
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Miles to Go ()
oil on board
24 x 30 in
$15,210
Lot 227
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Contemplating the Odds (2016)
oil on board
28 x 42 in
$40,250
Lot 294
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
The Spoils of the Victor ()
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$30,000–$40,000
Lot 161
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Morning Moose ()
oil on canvas
15 x 30 in
$15,210
Lot 162
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Power of the Plains ()
oil on canvas
20 x 40 in
$18,720
Lot 293
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Texas Courtship ()
oil on board
13 x 18 in
$22,230
Lot 7
(2016)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Bugling Elk ()
conte crayon on paper
27 1/2 x 30 1/2 (sight) in
$6,545
Lot 197
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Above it All (2017)
oil on board
31 x 28 in
$38,025
Lot 153
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
That's a Stretch ()
oil on masonite
12 x 18 in
$7,020
Lot 198
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Gray Morning Mist ()
oil on board
24 x 36 in
$22,230
Lot 312
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Bull Elk ()
oil on board
15 x 22 in
$12,870
Lot 314
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Lynx ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$4,388
Lot 194
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
Hidden Danger ()
oil on board
10 x 13 in
$6,435
Lot 313
(2017)
Ken Carlson (1937–Present)
One with the Rock ()
oil on board
13 x 18 in
$9,945