David Carlson has been an artist, teacher and community activist. As an artist and abstract painter his work are considered ‘in the words’ of Kristen Hileman, a painter’s painter. He has collaborated with composers, artists and dancers in video projects that have taken in humanistic concepts that are international in scope.
His paintings are represented in numerous collections both private and corporate, nationally and internationally. He has participated in artist exchanges with Central Asia, West Africa, and North Africa and Europe. He has had 18 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows since 1986. His works have been shown in the Pretoria Art Museum, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Ludwig Forum, John Cabot University, Korean Embassy Cultural Service, Yacine Art Gallery, Asilah Arts Festival and the Washington Project for the Arts.
Numerous works are included in local, national and international collections. Since 2000, David has shown his digital videos and video collaborations in venues from Senegal, Egypt, Belgium, South Africa, Turkey and the United States.
He has taught design, drawing and painting for 23 years at Marymount University, private companies and various local art enrichment programs. He has foster two non-profit organizations, the Central Asian Cultural Exchange and Take Me to the River both based in Washington, DC.