(Born 1940) George Carlson creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional art saying, "Both are necessary to the perfection of my art. I really believe in learning the basics of your craft, which for an artist is drawing. Initially I started sculpting because I thought it would help my drawing. I grew convinced that if I knew what the other side of a man's head looked like, I could draw him better. Sculpture is drawing from all possible angles and you have to know how to draw well before you can sculpt completely."
He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois on July 3, 1940. At an early age his parents recognized his talent for drawing and encouraged its development. After graduating from high school he studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
At age twenty, Carlson began working as a commercial artist and attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. After five years he left the commercial art world. His interest was in the American West for which he headed. For the first year he painted and sculpted in Taos, New Mexico.
In 1966 he moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he studied sculpture and anthropology at the University of Arizona. He moved again, after one year, to Denver, Colorado, and began exhibiting his work in galleries. Since then Carlson has built a national reputation for himself as a sculptor.
Between 1973 and 1975 Carlson traveled to Mexico several times. Five hundred miles south of El Paso in the Sierra Madre Indians, he found the Tarahumara Indians. His interests in anthropology and primitive cultures made his encounters more meaningful. It is with these people that Carlson has done his best-known works. He was allowed to observe, record, and partake in the daily rituals of these people while still in isolation, before they were brought unknowingly into the fold of modern humanity.
Carlson has won numerous awards for both his sculpture and his painting, including the Prix de West and several Gold Medals from the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City. He has also had several important solo exhibitions, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution and major retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art. George Carlson currently lives in Northern Idaho where he continues to work.
The above was taken from AskArt.com