by Marty McAuliff, Argus-Champion
E. Thor Carlson
Contemporary Fine Art
art drawings, murals, pastels and sgrafitto,
paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor,
sculpture in stone, wood and metal,
tapestry weaving and embroidery.
work is a haunting voyage into the icy realms of ancient
northern mythology and the more passionate themes of
the Old and New Testament. I particularly admire his
designing of strange forms of landscape and figure, executed
in a very sensitive palette."
written in 1965, by Daniel Catton Rich, director of the
Worcester Art Museum.
40" 1963 oil on canvas
Permanent Collection 1966 - Fitchburg Art Museum
have drawn with pencil on paper for as long as I can remember.
It is as natural to me as speaking. Almost all my visual
images start as pencil drawings, usually without color.
drawings are quite small and I do many variations of the
ideas. I often set these aside and start on the canvas
or go to the loom without referring to them. My consideration
now is with color.
some point later in the process I refer back to them, incorporating
bits and pieces into the finished work. The whole process
is right-brained and intuitive. I try to work in the alpha
state and become a vehicle through which creativity flows.
I can then be a facilitator of images.
do not try to predict what the final image will be and
I know that the viewer will see it quite differently than
and New Testament
of the Rings Illustrations
Thoughts on Visual Art as a Process
by E. Thor Carlson
like to tell stories with images, some based
on truth, some fictitious. I play cache-cache,
a process of hide and seek, to delight the
viewer with visual surprises, as well as to
instruct. My pictures, drawings and other works
are unrealistic representations with a quality
that is almost hallucinatory.
treat the landscape, architecture or figure
schematically, devoid of atmosphere in real
time, seemingly impelled by some hidden source.
I do not arrive at this effect casually. I
use conventional images in an unorthodox way
to achieve effects of unreality so that a sense
of urgency is conveyed to the view - this is
not slavish illustration - for I disassemble
and rearrange the elements of my story in a
sophisticated technique that chooses visual
ideas which will most enhance my representation.
Large format paintings,
quilts, folding murals, and trompe l'oeil.
Portraits in color and b&w including
a series of self-portraits both serious
at Saint Gaudens including flower
bouquets and landscapes.
Color and b&w drawings
including life studies and
Abstract drawings, paintings,
and palette knife works in
color and b&w.
the techniques of Flemskv¯v, Kilem, Soumac,
and Native American weaving.