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gallery artist: alyn carlson

about the artist

ALYN CARLSON IS A NEW ENGLAND-BASED PAINTER, author, graphic designer, performer and paper artist. In the past four decades, she has been a street performer in California, renovated a church into a home and been the artistic producer for three theater companies. She also writes a blog called Colorgirl. Her art and designs have been featured in numerous blogs and published in magazines such as Uppercase, Print, Redbook, Communications Arts, Photo District News and RI Monthly. Her paintings are featured in Deborah Forman’s Paint lab and Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge at Home. Her book, The Paper Hat Book, a how-to book for adults and children, feature her designs made from recycled materials and ephemera.


2001, Paper Chase, Soundtrack Gallery, Boston, MA
2003, Children Farm Poetry Project, Westport Rivers Gallery, Westport, MA
2005, The Girls, Gamm Gallery, Pawtucket, RI
2005, The Girls, Gallaria Rafaelo, Provincetown, MA
2005, Fertile Ground, Roseberry Winn, Tiverton, RI


2005, Thread Paper Stone, DeBlois Gallery, Newport, RI
2008, 3rd Annual Open Jurried Exhibit, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI
2008, Itty Bitty Show, Yes Gallery, Newport, RI
2009, A Line Devine, Arts and Business Council of RI
2009, DeConstruct 11, Providence, RI
2009, AS220 Group Show, “Mercantile: Two Part Intervention”, with Paul Clancy, 3-D installation
2009, Spring Fling, Yes Gallery, Warren, RI
2009, Book as Post Modern Medium, 5 Traverse, Providence, RI
2009, Off The Wall, Crowell’s Fine Art, New Bedford, MA
2010, Do it! Sing It! Show It! Work It!, AS220, Providence, RI
2010, From Swain to Today, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
2013, 5th Annual Open Jurried Exhibit, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI
2014, The Bristol Art Museum Celebrates Rhode Island Artists 50 years Juried Exhibition, Bristol, RI
2016, A Determined Line, The Narrows, Fall River, MA
2016, Double Visions, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA


1981-83, Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA 1981-1983
1983-85, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1983-1985

artist statement

EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, I’ve had a crossover in the senses that’s allowed me to smell, hear, taste and feel color. Synethesia. Sounds, numbers, emotions, have their own chroma for me. The lavender ring of a telephone. Yellow numeral three. A newborn’s pale green intoxicating breathe. A cello’s deep purple note.

My art is about color, line and texture stopping me and bringing me to a place where the emotional and the physical become one. With line, I explore, defining the feeling and space color begins in my paintings. The process of layering, scraping and rubbing paint result in completing the surface of my work.

In my paintings, the layers of pigment, pull and push of color and drawing, the sensual, abstract and representational elements that surface, give me a geography to live and work in.