Featured Artist Curtis Olson

Artist Curtis Olson’s powerful mixed media images often feature the circle, reminding us of our relationship to the infinite. Please visit this artist’s website to learn more.

 

“Aerial Survey #7” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 30” x 30” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Aerial Survey #7” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 30” x 30”

 

I had a semi-nomadic childhood. My family moved frequently, but I spent most of my childhood in the Western United States. I spent a lot of time alone, and was fascinated by the outdoors and its abundant creatures and beautiful patterns.

 

“Circle Squared” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 30” x 30” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Circle Squared” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 30” x 30”

 

At night, I would draw what I had seen while outside exploring or spend time creating my own maps. In school, my classmates would make special requests for drawings of wild cars, monsters and snowmobiles.

 

“Disc-Like Object (Red)” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 48” x 48” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Disc-Like Object (Red)” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 48” x 48”

 

My talent for drawing and design led to being gently guided into a career in architecture.

 

“Water Keeper” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 40” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Water Keeper” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 40”

 

While earning an architectural degree at university, I pursued a decidedly artistic angle. I focused on good design and minored in fine art and graphic design.

 

“Vessel #1” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 60” x 60” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Vessel #1” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 60” x 60”

 

During my fifteen-year career as an architect, I was recognized for my artistic architectural designs while I continued to dabble in graphic design and to study and make art. During a brief stint in a Masters of Fine Art program, I realized that I needed to find my own voice in my own way.

 

“Eccentric” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Eccentric” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36”

 

Though I love architecture and poured my heart and soul into it, I always felt an inner pull towards art. I knew that if I was ever to pursue it as a profession, I needed to fully commit to it and give up the distraction of architecture.

 

“Flower Floats Above” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Flower Floats Above” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36”

 

As I was considering a career change, my grandmother died. Thinking of her unfulfilled dreams and regrets inspired me to quit architecture to pursue art full-time.

 

“The Things We Keep” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Things We Keep” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 36” x 36”

 

My art continues to evolve, but one concept remains constant. I am interested in creating powerful objects that live in the real (not the digital) world, with weight and age.

 

“Memorabilia” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 60” x 30” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Memorabilia” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 60” x 30”

 

The overriding aesthetic of my artwork is best embodied in the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, the beauty and authenticity of imperfection and earthiness. My art often has deep texture and a fresco appearance. It is achieved by repeatedly scoring and sanding the base material, which I developed by experimenting with marble dust and concrete.

 

“Wheel-Like Object (Black)” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 48” Diameter x 5” Deep by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wheel-Like Object (Black)” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 48” Diameter x 5” Deep

 

The subject of my artwork reflects my ever-changing interests. These works are not mere abstractions, but are born from a world of ideas representing the myriad of influences swirling in my overactive brain.

 

Artist Curtis Olson invites you to follow him on Instagram.

 

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