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craig carlisle

The idea of meditation and contemplation play a major role in the paintings of artist Craig Carlisle. His paintings articulate indelible images which evoke an emotional response from the viewer. The series of heads are generally large canvas’s deliberately created on a scale that will empower a room. Each expression Carlisle creates in his paintings are meant to pull from one’s subconscious. The heads are typically anonymous and genderless, almost child-like. Carlisle opts to place the focus for the viewer on the expression of each head, thus eliminating the personal style we create for ourselves with hair or fashion.

“I never use humans as reference for my paintings, instead I create fictitious characters. Through these, I channel the emotions each of us experience in our daily lives.”  says Carlisle.

Carlisle’s series of head paintings he created in the early to mid 90’s helped him become a deeply respected artist who is an original visionary. Though the heads have seen many expressions and stylistic changes over the past two decades, they remain unique works of art.

Craig Carlisle (1964) was born in Oklahoma and moved to Ohio where he received his BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1988. He has lived and worked in NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Columbus. Currently his studio is located outside of Nashville on a 19th century farm. The artist has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and is highly sought after by art collectors around the world.

(b. 1964) Oklahoma City, OK
Representation: George Billis Gallery, NYC/Los Angeles, 2001-Present
Education: BFA, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio, 1988

Solo Exhibitions

New Work, Gallery 205, Columbia TN, February-April 2018

Relationships, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, December 2017

New Work, Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO, September 2016

New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, April 2016

Big Heads, Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN, May-August 2015

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2015

New Big Heads, Hilton Downtown, Columbus, OH, October 2014

New Work, Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT, August 2014

Big Heads & The Peaceful Valley Paintings, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL, March-May 2014

Petite Heads & The Peaceful Valley Paintings, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2013

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2012

Garden Angels, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2011

Left Hand, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2010

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2009

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2008

New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, November 2007

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2007

New Work, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, December 2006

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2006

New Work, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, February 2005

Big Foot, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2004

New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, February 2004

Monsters and Butterflies, Antiques and Art on Poplar, Columbus, OH, February 2003

New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, December 2002

Pink Monsters, Art and Antiques on Poplar, Columbus, OH, April 2002

Craig Carlisle, L’Atelier Rebecca Bruce, Mill Valley, CA, December 2001

New Work, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI, July 2001

New Work, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, April 2001

New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, January 2001

Angel Heads, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Columbus, OH, March 2000

New Work, Walter Adams Gallery, San Francisco, CA, January 2000

New Work, Walter Adams Gallery, San Francisco, CA, August 1999

New Heads, Craig Carlisle Studio, New York, NY, February 1998

Little Heads, Art & Antiques on Poplar, Columbus, OH, December 1997

Little Heads, Art & Antiques on Poplar, Columbus, OH, December 1996

Open Hand House, Craig Carlisle Studio, Columbus, OH, August 1996

Big Heads on Paper, The Huntington Center, Columbus, OH, January 1996

Little Heads on Metal, Art & Antiques on Poplar, Columbus, OH, October 1995

New Florals, Executive Frames Gallery, Columbus, OH, September 1995

Little Heads on Metal, The Coffee Table Gallery, Columbus, OH, July 1995

Hands on Heads, Executive Frames Gallery, Columbus, OH, November 1994

Large Heads, King Avenue Coffee House, Columbus, OH, August 1994

Show and Sale, The Buggyworks, Columbus, OH, July 1994

Group Exhibitions

Survey of Collected Works, Coral Springs Art Museum, Coral Springs, FL, June-August 2017

Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, Southhampton, NY, August 2016

NYC Invitational, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, July 2016

Art Hamptons, George Billis Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, June 2016

Red Dot Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Miami, FL, December 2015

Cityscape Show III, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 2013

Portraits of Joan Quinn, John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA, July 2013

Gallery Artists, Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT, October 2012

Mysterious Objects, Portraits of Joan Quinn, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA, October 2011

Summer Salon, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 2008

Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 2005

Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, August 2005

Go Figure, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, July 2005

Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, September 2004

Birds and Bees, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL, December 2004

Scope, The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, July 2003

Round, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, July 2003

Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, January 2003

Four New York Painters, Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO, January 2002

New Members, AHead Gallery, Provencetown, MA, July 2000

Members Only, ACME Art Company, Columbus, OH, August 1997

Group Show, ACME Art Company, Columbus, OH, May 1997

Small works Exhibition, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH, December 1996

Christmas Show, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH, December 1995

Out of Our Minds, The Buggyworks, Columbus, OH, October 1995

Columbus Art League, Function Factory, Columbus, OH, June 1995

Summer Spectrum, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH, June 1994

County Lines (Award Nomination), Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO, November 1991

A-1 and Only Open Show, Alternative Arts Alliance, Denver, CO, November 1991

Day of the Dead, Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO, November 1991

Finished Work- Unfinished Space, German Village Society, Columbus, OH, August 1988

Columbus Art League Fall Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, OH, October 1987

German Village Arts Festival (Committee Award), Alley Shop Gallery, Columbus, OH, September 1987

Sesquicentennial Art Competition (Award Recipient), Brookhaven College Gallery, Dallas, TX, April 1986

North Texas Area Art League (Award Recipient), Visual Arts Center, Denton, TX, March 1986

Bibliography

In Review, by Jason Vasser: All The Artists Magazine, St. Louis, MO, Winter 2016-17

Positive Emotions, American Art Collector Magazine, March 2016

A Stroll Through LA LA LAND, by Mark J. Lucus: 614 Magazine, Columbus, Ohio, April 2012

Joan Quinn, Art in Life, Yeravan Magazine, Los Angeles, CA, March/April, 2012

Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn, Santa Ana College Foundation, Santa Ana, CA, 2011

Big Head Painter Returns to Town, by Kalzaad Kotwal: Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, April 2009

Craig Carlisle Interview, by Jeffrey Burk, I Wanderer Blog, Seattle WA, April 28, 2008

Molly Barnes Radio Interview, KCSN – 88.5 FM, January, 2007

Endearing Paintings, by Kalzaad Kotwal: Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, April 8, 2007

Carlisle’s Creatures, by Jennifer Hambrick: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, April, 2006

Q & A, by Kalzaad Kotwal: Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, April 2, 2006

Colorful Creepy Creatures, by Kalzaad Kotwal: Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, April 17, 2005

Joan Quinn Profiles, Television Interview, Los Angeles, CA, February, 2005

Skip Lowe Looks at Hollywood, Television Interview, Beverly Hills CA, March 2005

Birds and Bees, by Melissa Starker: Columbus Alive, Columbus, Ohio, April 10, 2003

A Magical Flight, by Elizabeth Ann James: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, April, 2003

Pink Monsters, by Craig Carlisle: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, March 2002

Hungry Hearts, by Melissa Starker: Columbus Alive, Columbus, Ohio Vol.18 No. 14, April 2001

Going Back to New York City, by Craig Carlisle: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, March 2001

Bloom Where you are Planted, by Craig Carlisle: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 2000

Healing Heads, by Craig Carlisle: Enlightenments-Ohio Holistic Journal, Aug. 1997

Dreams Change, by Craig Carlisle: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, July 1997

Healing Heads, by Craig Carlisle: Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 1997

Go Ahead, Disturb Him, by Karen Simonian: The Other Paper, Columbus, Ohio Vol. 6 No. 47, Aug. 1996

Come a Long Way, by Amy Taylor: Suburban News, Vol. 66 No. 14, Sept. 1996

Facing up to Big Heads, by Gloria Jones: Buckeye Artisan, Vol. 10 No.13, Sept. 1996

OpenHand House, WBNS Channel 10, 11pm news coverage, Aug. 1996

Talking Heads, by Kim Leddy: Columbus Alive, Vol. 13 No. 30, Aug. 1996

Collections

Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL

Evansville Museum of Arts History and Science, Evansville, IN

ROLL Global, Los Angeles

Downtown Hilton Hotel, Columbus Ohio

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus Ohio