Video by Caitlin Penna

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.  Les’ ability continues to flourish as does his recognition.

Les’ accolades include two North Carolina Arts Council recognized regional artist grants and multiple awards for individual artworks. Numerous reviews and publications feature his artwork including the March 2010 issue of North Carolina-based “Our State” Magazine.  His discerning commission and consulting projects include tattoo designs, developing business art wall projects, and creating portrait commissions.  His patrons and exhibitions span many states.  He is collected internationally and has over 130 exhibitions under his belt – 20 of them solo.

Les is from Greensboro, NC and graduated with honors from Appalachian State University, earning a BFA in Studio Art.


“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


“Les Caison III is one of North Carolina’s young Renaissance artists.  He is a painter who knows how to draw and sketch; a collagist; he creates large-scale public murals; makes movie posters; donates his artwork to support non-profit organizations; teaches art classes; gives art talks; is always asking a million art-related questions; and somehow still finds time to hop-scotch the state promoting the work of other artists.  Obviously he loves to dance.”  Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


“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,  Yes! Weekly


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