Painter of People: Spotlight on Carl Ansloos

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Carl Ansloos is in the Spotlight today! See more of his work here:

Being an artist

Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself

I am a painter of people. The study of people, using line and paint has been a life long obsession. To capture a thought, a glance, a dream: what more could one ask.

Girl With Straw Hat by Carl Ansloos


When did you decide to pursue art as a career?


Art pursued me as a career. It engaged me from about 10 years of age when I sold my first painting. We have been married ever since.

What training did you have?


Self taught in the main. I did receive some personal direction by various well known working artists during my early days.

What has been the high point of your career so far?


I hope my next painting is to be the high point of my career.

General Questions

What’s your favourite quote?


When asked at a press conference, ‘What is art?’ Picasso replied
‘What isn’t ?’

Who is your favourite artist?


Edgar Degas

What are you aiming for?


To achieve the best I can from my work. If this forces fame and fortune upon me, then I will just have to learn to live with it.

Nude on Carpet by Carl Ansloos


How will you get there?


Hard work. More Hard work. Dedication. Oh yes and more hard work.

Is anything holding you back?


The price of paint!

You and art

What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work? Are you ever surprised by reactions that you get?


I hope to arouse a pleasing emotion. A smile is enough. A nod of appreciation. If someone stands in front of one of my paintings in admiration for longer than a miniute, then my work is well done.

From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?


It usually depends on the size/scale. It can take from a day or two, to months maybe years.

What music do you like to listen to when you work?


It varies, but I do find that the Beatles play a huge part in my painting day. On reflection what better than a painter of people listening to songs about everyday people and life. PERFECT!

What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?


I am working on a body of work (about 30 canvasses) to take on a UK exhibition tour.

Reclining Nude by Carl Ansloos


Being inspired by art

Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?


Edgar Degas and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec inspire me. Simply because they were painters and documenters of everyday life and living. Those washer women of Degas and dancing girls of Lautrec. One can almost sense the steamy boozy atmosphere of 19th cent Paris. They lived with, studied, painted all walks of life. Their canvases are jewels in the history of this wonderful world we know as art.

What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?


I am interested in capturing my subject in thought. I dont paint a likeness for the sake of it. The likeness is just a guide for my brush. I am more concerned with my subjects sence of daydream, or decision making. Without thought or emotion in my work, the subject for me is pointless.

What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?


I dont have a favourite work as I class all my work collectively as a single body of work just with different facets.

an artist’s advice

For those thinking about turning a passion for art into a career, could you give any advice?


Apart from all the sacrifices one will have to accept to make along the way, if only to find the time to produce. Then one could find no better start really, than registering yourself with an online web site. ( for example. Enjoy your career choice and remember why you chose it. Art is a passion so enjoy the love affair.

Any tips on how to get your work seen and get the commissions coming in?


Look online for ways to fully promote your artwork. Galleries, agents, online sites like ( Also the artists and writers year book, found in all Libraries. This is a highly informative book/ directory.

Dreaming Ballerina by Carl Ansloos

4 comments for “Painter of People: Spotlight on Carl Ansloos

Banksy -artist

June 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

I have checked this guys work out, and I truly believe he is destined for greatness.Someone truly needs to snatch this guy up and Quick!! I have featured him on my Wall on facebook……Banksy Artist……..A rare natural talent. If there is anything I can do email me.Good Luck!!

Elisabeth keane

December 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Hi darlin. How are you. I have been to Vietnam and Dubai. Stopped working so hard. Into buying and selling pearls. Made lots of money. Miss you loads and loads. Your forever friend. Liz xxxxx

Elisabeth keane

December 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I have Watch ed Carl develop his art for years and years.
This artist is the most talented man I know. He produces work in his own unique style. He grew from strength to strength. He is by far more experienced in his trade than any artist I know. He has studied art from being a young man in great detail. He does not paint for money. He some how, has managed to develop a style of painting that in my opinion is so intense and woven together with his natural ability to understand the femal form in its pure state. He manages to be able to see the beauty and more importantly portray what he feels about the sitter. In a full and emotional true way. This artist is capable of painting a lady truly as she is. While not only showing his feelings. Hers as well in a few brush strokes placed expertly on the canvas. A truly amazing artist.

Adriana Mazza

Adriana Mazza

December 23, 2015 at 2:35 am

Great words for an amazing artist indeed!

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