Thomas John Carlson

Art Studio/School sign… is finished.
November 3, 2009, 3:34 am
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4th street festival
October 5, 2009, 8:11 pm
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As Festival Designer of the 6th annual 4th Street Art and Music Festival this year. I made 2 murals.  The one above in house paint on Canvas and it is 4.5 feet by 48 feet.  The one below is 9 feet by 28 feet and is the backdrop for the main stage.. my apologies for the wrinkles in the canvas on the on the bottom.( CLICK THEM FOR THEIR FULL EFFECT )



September 28, 2009, 7:48 pm
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Supper at Emmausdetail

Supper at Emmausdetail2

Jersey City Art tour weekend… and the works that I will have around town
September 26, 2009, 6:15 pm
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1. The 6th annual 4th Street Art and Music Festival ( I have spent the last 4 months with the title of festival designer for this wonderful street fair. This role has charged me with making 2 very large paintings(4.5 ft X 48 ft , 9 ft X 30 ft ), coordinating artists, and curating a show for the 4th street garage. The Festival is an open forum where more than 1,000 Jersey City residents gather to view (and even shop) the latest works of the city’s finest visual artists & artisans and listen to up-and-coming bands while learning more about what the thriving local arts community has to offer. The Festival truly brings the neighborhood together and provides unprecedented exposure for businesses and artists alike. There will be 2 stages with live music, 40 plus artists/vendors, live artists, and drinking on the street.

-Saturday October 3rd 12pm to 10pm-  4th street at Newark Ave., Jersey City

Supper at Emmaus

2. Masks of God- Curated by Brenda Buck and Grant Worth This show is a great addition to the wonderful year that 58 gallery ( has had, with 16 artists that I personally am really excited to be showing with.

Reception: Friday October 2nd 7pm to 11pm 58 coles st., Jersey City Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 6pm


3. Es Oro gallery Group Show A newer gallery in downtown jersey city, This gallery will have a great collection of small works from artists in the area.

107 Brunswick Street, Jersey City Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 6pm

4. The Beacon Group Show This is a Victory Arts Projects project.

Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 6pm The Beacon is an old medical building at montgomery st. and mill st. Jersey City.

August 12, 2009, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Art Shows

I just got back from a road trip to Chicago.  Amazing city, I’m really happy that I brought my bike.  I checked out the Chicago Institute of Art, something that I had been meaning to do for a very long time.


In Memory of Frank Mason
July 11, 2009, 6:25 pm
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I studied with Frank Mason for very briefly during the summer and fall of 2004. A month long work shop in Vermont and a couple months at the Arts Students League in New York City.  I felt incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him and learn from him.  He was a ball of passion and he was incredibly excited about painting and the art of teaching.  When I first met him, I instantly attached him in my mind to other great art educators: Robert Beverly Hale and Robert Henri.  The way that he spoke of art was like reading Delacroix’s journal.  He taught at the art students league for over 50 years. The Order of Malta gave him the Cross of Merit, Prima Classe. He became the first painter to receive the honor since Caravaggio.  He received it for doing 8 large paintings that were installed in the 11th Century Church of San Giovanni de Malta in Venice.

He truly lived a successful life.

I included a few of his works as well as 2 former students of his…. which I also consider to have impacted my art education and who I proudly call friends.




Frank Mason
b. 1921 d. 2009 Cleveland, Ohio




Joseph Sulkowski
lives and works in Nashville, TN

Montana Still Life in Morning Light



Nicholas Oberling
Lives and works in Montana.

Francis Bacon, Metropolitan Museum
June 21, 2009, 7:52 pm
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