Ken Carlson

Ken Carlson

A critical element of Ken Carlson’s work is the first-hand observation of his wildlife subjects.  He states “Field work never fails to inspire me.”  Each fall Carlson travels to Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, the western prairies, the Canadian Rockies, or on safari in Tanzania to observe his animal subjects and their varied habitat.

Ken Carlson was born and raised in Minnesota, and he now resides in the hill country of central Texas.  Following art school training, he began his career as a commercial illustrator in Minneapolis.  In 1968, he put aside commercial work to devote himself full time to painting wildlife subjects.

In 2011, Ken Carlson was the recipient of the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Legacy Award for a lifetime of artistic accomplishments. As a participant of the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Carlson has been the recipient of the Frederick Remington Award for Artistic Merit and twice the recipient of the Pittman Wildlife Award.  He was the recipient of the first Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award from Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California. In 2009, he had a one-man retrospective at the Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  In 2015, he was a participant in The Best of the Best: Contemporary Wildlife Art Retrospective Exhibit and Sale at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.