LOT 247

Ken Carlson

b. 1937

Four Gentlemen

MEDIUM: Oil on board

DIMENSIONS: 30 x 40 inches

ESTIMATE: $30,000.00 - $50,000.00

Signed lower left

SHIPPING DIMENSIONS: 41 x 51 x 3 inches

Additional Information

Texas-based painter Ken Carlson paints most of the large North American mammals from his Kerrville studio. These include bears, moose, elk, wolves, bison, pronghorn and whitetail deer. He reserves a special place on his easel for images showing bighorn sheep and, as seen here in Four Gentlemen, mountain goats. The majestic mammals, with their small horns and sure footing, cut distinct silhouettes perched amid rocky outcroppings high up in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks, as well as other destinations where Carlson finds his inspiration. The animals have been the subjects of many of the master wildlife painters, including Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius and John Clymer.

Raised in Minnesota, Carlson expressed an early interest in painting and drawing, specifically wildlife art. In between trips to natural areas around the country, where he would photograph and paint wildlife of all varieties, the artist worked in illustration for a TV station and newspaper. When work commitments would keep him near his studio, Carlson would spend his free time at the nearby zoo, where he could still watch and study animals. Even at an early point in his career, personal observation was key to his mission as a wildlife painter. Some of his earliest breaks did not involve large mammals at all, but with birds, including the 1974 publication Birds of Western North America. After he moved to Montana, his paintings began to take hold with collectors, including at major museums. Today his paintings are in prominent collections, private and public, all around the world.


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