THE WESSEL HOUSE SERIES
Paintings inspired by the historic Wessel House
In the case of most of the finest figurative painters working today, early childhood exposure to great works of art were often the catalyst that sparked a desire to become a painter. Old Masters such as Vermeer, Michelangelo, Raphael, and others can still powerfully resonate, and show that a love for the human form remains a timeless vehicle for satisfying and profound personal expression. Shown above and below are selections of Carl Samson's figurative work. Some images are details, click to enlarge.
ARTIST'S STUDIO SERIES
Paintings inspired by the artist's studio
AT THE MOVIES
Paintings featured in films and/or purchased by members of the film industry
Carl Samson has had a number of paintings and drawings featured in movies and/or purchased by members of the film industry. In the movie Artworks, (2003 Arté Films) a drama/romance directed and produced by Jim Amatulli and starring Virginia Madsen, Rick Rossovich and Daniel von Bargen, Carl was initially asked to create a painting of a baby girl, the purpose of which was to satisfy a key element in the plot. The painting, based on a likeness of Samson’s twin daughters, played a crucial role in the drama and was shown repeatedly throughout the movie. Happily, it was so well-received that other Samson canvases and drawings were also featured in the film including several of his wife, and Carl was written into the storyline. In one scene, Rossovich holds up 3 of these images commenting, “It’s a Samson ...He painted his wife fifty times!”
In 2009, Carl executed another masterpiece for director George Lucas’ book Star Wars Art: Visions. For the 2010 publication, he submitted two sketches of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala from which Lucas could choose. The profile version was selected, so Carl finished that in oil and three different kinds of gold leaf on an American chestnut cradled panel that he found in the attic of the historic Wessel House. In the painting, Natalie Portman’s image as Queen Amidala is set off against an incised orbital mandala of her home planet. Director George Lucas was so pleased with the result, he bought the painting for his own private collection as well as publishing it in the Star Wars Art: Visions book.
Carl has also worked with the Clooney family as Signature Artist for an American Diabetes Association fundraiser. For the event, Carl created a large charcoal drawing of Rosemary, George and Nick which was later individually autographed by all three Clooneys.
Multi-figured compositions provide ideal circumstances for a painters skills and vision to take flight. Opportunities to do so are relatively rare, and often require a patron willing to invest in an idea or concept that may take many months to complete. But for the artist wanting to spread his wings and fly, few other fields of the visual arts can equal the complexity and excitement inherent in this genre. Opportunities abound for narrative story telling requiring forceful gesture, rhythmic design, effective spotting of large compositional masses and engaging color. The commissioned painting above depicts immigrants from various countries having arrived at Ellis Island, ca.1920. Happy to have cleared customs, they experience a flood of emotions as they await the ferry from Manhattan that will take them to their new lives in America.