In his expressive artwork, George Carlson reaches into the soul of his subject and translates the power or meekness he finds onto paper, into clay, and, ultimately, into bronze. He was a guest artist for the National Academy of Western Art exhibition in 1974, returning in 1975 to win the Prix de West Purchase Award for his bronze Courtship Flight. In 1989, he won the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, voted on by his peers, and has designed the Prix de West collector’s bolo twice.
Carlson is frequently commissioned for both private and corporate works. In 1994, he was commissioned by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, to create a bust of artist Bob Kuhn.
Carlson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Idaho Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts in 1996. In 2010 and 2014, he received the Frederic Remington Painting Award, and for five consecutive years (2010-2014), he received the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award. In 2011, he received the Prix de West Purchase Award for his painting Umatilla Rock. Carlson is the only artist to receive the Prix de West Purchase Award in both sculpture and painting.