David Carlson is an artist, teacher and community activist. As an artist and abstract painter his work are considered ‘in the words’ of Kristen Hileman, a painter’s painter. He has collaborated with composers, artists, directors and dancers in video projects that have taken in humanistic concepts that are international in scope.
His paintings are represented in numerous collections both private and corporate, nationally and internationally. He has participated in artist exchanges with Central Asia, West Africa, and North Africa and Europe. He has had 18 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows since 1986. His works have been shown in the Pretoria Art Museum, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Ludwig Forum, John Cabot University, Korean Embassy Cultural Service, Yacine Art Gallery, Asilah Arts Festival, Arlington Arts Center and the Washington Project for the Arts. Numerous works are included in local, national and international collections. Since 2000 to present, David has shown his digital videos and video collaborations in venues from Senegal, Egypt, Belgium, South Africa, Turkey, France and the United States.
cultural exchanges and festivals:
“The Time of Water”, TMTTR, Musee Des Tapisseries, Aix en Provence, France. Source Festival, The Creative Community Foundation, WDC. Poetics of Water, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD. ‘The V World Water Forum’, Tutun Deposu, Istanbul, Turkey. 'Firewave', collaboration with PiT Brussel and Ashraf Fouad, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. 'Take Me to the River', Wichita Falls. Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas. International Contemporary Festival 'Process as Space', Balchik, Bulgaria. 'Take Me to the River' Cairo, Egypt. 'Cultural Exchange' Academy of Art, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 'Arlington Meets Aachen' Aachen, Germany. 'Continental Drift' West Africa - Washington, Wash DC. Asilah Arts Festival, Asilah, Morocco. Most Group, Alma Ata, Kazakhstan.
He has taught design, drawing and painting for 25 years at Marymount University, private companies and various local art enrichment programs. He has collaborated to create two non-profit organizations, the Central Asian Cultural Exchange and Take Me to the River Group both based in Washington, DC.
He is represented by:
Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD