Angela Carlsen, “Boulevard Drive In”
If you take creative photography, neon signs and other roadside kitsch and mix them together with a retro-pop art sensibility, for me that’s a winning formula and is the approach taken by Nova Scotia-based artist, Angela Carlsen with her artwork. Much of her recent mixed media art focuses on bygone Americana as a result of her road trips over the last few years through the American West. Vanishing roadside relics, such as those depicted in this sampling, comprise a significant part of both the Canadian and America car cultures, and her work serves as a fitting artistic bridge between them.
You can see more of her retro art at Carlsen’s artist site here. She’s also represented by Argyle Fine Art in Halifax.
Angela Carlsen, “Copper Manor Motel”
Angela Carlsen, “Fresh Donuts”
Angela Carlsen, “Supai Motel”
Angela Carlsen, “Four Winds Motel”
Related posts on O’Canada:
— Artist to Appreciate: Katharine Burns
— Artist Appreciation: Andrew Horne
— Vintage Quebec: Helen’s Motel
That was something quite different!
Great color choices for backgrounds.
They complement the main subject very well.
These are amazing!!
Yes, they’re terrific! 🙂
Wow! Thank-you for the lovely write-up!!
Fantastic, more real than photos. Love Americana even if it’s by Canadians 🙂
Something ironic in that.
My favorite colors. Wish I could hang these on my walls!
Very good use of colors.
Love those old signs, there was art in them.
A distinctive style, for sure.
What a discovery, thanks Brett. Clicking around leads to more discoveries — so more thanks as well.
Penny, letting serendipity be our guide can be great fun! 🙂
Oh yes. Wander around in a state of happy curiosity, & let things unfold…
I’m with you!
Angela Carlsen’s art is really cool. You don’t see signs like these anymore.
Joanna, so true! 🙂
I love these– very cool indeed, Brett !!!!
Hey, Chris, yes, very cool! 🙂
Love this stuff – thanks!