May 28, 2018
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Philip Alexander Carlton (Born 1985)
- Image of the Day -
"212 Sunset (plein air)"
Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter
Philip Alexander Carlton (born 1985 in Minnesota, USA).
As a self-taught plein air painter, Philip Alexander Carlton divides his time equally between city and rural locales, exploring both the indescribable scale and color of nature and the grit of modern, urban decay. He takes particular delight in capturing the juxtaposition of manmade objects in otherwise natural scenes, with an emphasis on the abnormal and absurd.
His experience in climbing and mountaineering often allows him to access more remote and seldom-visited locations, achieving unique perspectives and translating them into paintings with an added sense of adventure and sometimes even danger. While other painters may look up to the hills, Philip prefers to look down to compose a scene from above.
Above all, his work chronicles his travels and endless exploration. It's less about the product, and more about the experience of finding beauty in uncharted and unlikely places. He specializes in fast, expressive paintings that capture fleeting moments with bold, authoritative brushwork.
After many years as a figurative painter whose domain was limited to his Minneapolis art studio, he began to explore outdoor painting in 2014 and participated in his first plein air competition in 2015. One year later he escaped the great plains and painted the West for the first time, capturing both the grand scale of the Tetons and absurd colors of Utah with his brush and becoming enamored with the limitless adventure of landscape painting.
In 2017 he traveled extensively through the Western United States to paint, earning first-place recognition in multiple plein air events while gaining the confidence to create amazing art anywhere, at any time, and in any sort of environmental condition. As a capstone to an already full year, he was was a featured artist in the October/November issue of Plein Air Magazine. As of 2018 he is traveling and working as a full-time outdoor painter.
- First Place - Go Paint! Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire, WI
- First Place / Quick Draw - Go Paint! Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire, WI
- Most Innovative - Go Paint! Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire, WI
- First Place / Contemporary - Plein Air on the Yellowstone. Livingston, MT
- Honorable Mention - Red Rocks Art Festival. Moab, UT
- Honorable Mention - Plein Air Moab. Moab, UT
- Plein Air Magazine - "Philip Alexander Carlton - Paintings with a Why" [October / November]
- OutdoorPainter - "How the Desert Helped Carlton Paint Snow" [January]
- Artist Member - Laguna Plein Air Painters Association