HIS WORK & THE MOVIES
The movie Artworks - 2003 Arté Films
Carl Samson has had a number of paintings and drawings featured in movies and/or purchased by members of the film industry. Artworks, a drama/romance starring Virginia Madsen, Rick Rossovich and Daniel von Bargen, (2003 Arté Films), included five of the artist's pieces. Directer/producer Jim Amatulli first asked Carl to paint a picture of a baby girl that would be a key plot element in the movie. Carl painted an image based on the likeness of his own twin daughters that wonderfully served the plot’s purpose. In fact, The Artist's Infant Daughter was so well received that several more of Carl's paintings and drawings were secured for the film. Samson's name was also written into the script and became part of the storyline.
In 2009, Carl was asked to submit sketches for a potential painting to be included in director George Lucas’ upcoming book Star Wars Art: Visions. Carl submitted two sketches, both which depicted Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo and mother of Luke Skywalker. The image of Padme in profile was chosen and Lucas liked the finished painting so much, he bought it for his own personal collection. Carl's piece, with its stylistic nods to Byzantine icons, features Padmé's likeness painted on a wooden panel with gold leaf background, and a mandala, or orbital path of her native planet Naboo, incised as a circular halo.
Rosemary, Nick and George Clooney
Nick & Nina Clooney were special guests for the American Diabetes Association fundraiser Brushes With Greatness when Carl Samson was Signature Artist. Together, they collaborated on a special artwork to highlight the event - a large autographed charcoal drawing of the three Clooneys in the film industry: Nick, Rosemary and George. Though Rosemary and George were not able to pose for the drawing, Nick did so in Carl's studio. The drawing was then sent to Rosemary and George separately to autograph, and Nick visited the studio once more to add his signature.