About Carlson Hatton
I grew up in San Diego, CA and I moved to New York to study Fine Art at the Cooper Union. My initial plans were to stay in New York City and complete a Masters Program at Hunter College, but I wound up applying to another program in the Netherlands called ‘De Ateliers’ in Amsterdam and I was accepted. The Ateliers is a very small studio driven program founded by the artist Jan Dibbets in 1963. I was provided a monthly stipend and an enormous studio for the 2 year program and I strayed away painting and leaned towards integrating more Installational and multi media elements into my work. This made a dramatic impact on the work I make today because it’s left behind a very sculptural way of thinking and I find that I pull references together in a way that resembles editing. After the Ateliers program I remained in the Netherlands and did a post graduate program in the south called the Jan van Eyck Academie. Here the institution offered 3 directions; Fine Art, Theory and Design. There was a lot of cross over and participants were encouraged to collaborate. After a 5 year stay of living, working and frequently exhibiting in the Netherlands and Germany, I returned to California.
I currently live and work in Los Angeles and teach drawing at Santa Monica College.