American figurative painter Carl Samson (b.
1961) is a repeat winner at the National Portrait Competition,
winning both the Grand Prize and the Distinguished Achievement
awards. In 1996, he was one of five American plein-air painters
invited to work with the Union of Russian Artists in Moscow.
In June of 2000, Samson lectured and demonstrated at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as the American Society
of Portrait Artists' Distinguished Guest of Honor. In summer
2009, his groundbreaking full length nude, Triumph of Truth,
received the Phil Desind award for most outstanding representational
painting at the Butler Institute of American Art’s
annual Mid Year exhibition.
A Cincinnati resident since 1986, Carl Samson is a master
realist painter whose work synthesizes a Sargent-like command
of solid form with the color, light and atmosphere of the
great American Impressionist tradition. Samson works and
exhibits in an historic 1887 Queen Anne house near the Cincinnati
Art Museum that was once the home and studio of Herman and
Bessie Wessel, students of Frank Duveneck.
Padme Resplendent with Naboo Mandala,
24 x 20, oil with 22 & 23K gold leaf background on rare
1930s era chestnut panel.
Star Wars Art: Visions, Collection of George Lucas
Carl's painting of Natalie Portman can be found in the fine
art book Star Wars Art: Visions published November
2010 by Abrams Books of NY.
The artists were personally selected
by George Lucas for inclusion in the book written by Jonathan
Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm, Ltd.