Let me introduce you to Jon Carsman, a print maker and native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning his career as a painter in the mid-1900s, Carsman exemplified American Realism in his subject choices and use of materials. The artist later translated the aesthetics of his paintings into screen prints, which allowed for distinctive line qualities and color separations to occur.
The artist incorporates nature into all of his pieces, often showing it interacting with the idealistic architecture surrounding it. Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Carsman had access to the environment he was attracted to depicting. He studied at Wilkes College, earning a BA in Art Education in 1966. He had his first exhibition of work at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA in 1968.
Heightening the colors of scenery was a recognizable trait of the artist’s work. This became a signature approach throughout his career. The color theory method of using cool colors to create recession in an area, and warm colors to bring another forward was common in his work. An example of this would be the depiction of powder blue shadow areas against light areas activated with brick-red in Red Glory. Carsman’s use of shadow play to activate negative space in his images is dominant throughout his body of work.
Jon Carsman is a great example of contemporary printmaking in America and just happens to come from our neck of the woods!