Artist Statement

Multiple layers of oil paint intertwine with graphite illustration to create paintings of people, places, and things.  These “slices of life,” or “narrative” paintings house social commentary.  They foster emotional exploration as well as model lighthearted instances for others to consider.



Les Caison III is an award-winning artist from North Carolina.   A diverse upbringing and public education complete with critical accomplishments in music and visual art inform his creativity.  Les paints with oil and illustrates with pencil, often intertwining the two, creating scenes of life every-day.  His mixed media paintings tell stories.  They offer something for the viewer to think about for a while.


Caison’s ability continues to flourish — so does his recognition.  His work is mentioned in numerous publications including the March 2010 issue of North Carolina-based “Our State” Magazine.  His commission projects and patrons span many states.  Les is collected internationally and has over 80 exhibitions under his belt – 20 of them solo.


Les is from Greensboro, NC.  He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art.  He paints and directs programs with the Randolph Arts Guild from his studio in Asheboro.


In his free time (ha) Les can be found working on an array of commissions from tattoo designs to portraits from life.  He is an associate member of Winston-Salem’s favorite art venue, Delurk Gallery Collective and enjoys his time working with fourth grade art students via the Guilford County’s Artists-In-Schools program.



“Possessing his own post-impressionistic flavor,Caison’s paintings are

alive with dancing, vibrant color and rhythmic, expressive lines.”  Kat Lamp, GoTriad


“. . . there’s Les Caison III’s art which is more like a visual metaphor for spending an entire weekend making out with people at a jazz club, carefully balancing an intake of ecstasy and Adderall while thumbing through poetry collections and Frank Miller comics.”  Steve Shanafelt, Mountain Xpress


“Using oil paint and pencil [Caison’s artwork] will keep your attention for more than a few minutes.  Not only will you look high and low, searching for surprising signs of life around the painting, the more you look at it, the more you will look into it.” — Brian Crean, Size (&location) matters”, Yes! Weekly



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