Enquire about Patrick Carroll
Patrick Carroll’s paintings could never be described as tame or tentative in their manner of execution, rather his pigment loaded brush thumps and pushes space aside, moulds and shapes forms in a rugged perhaps masculine way, directs colour logically and definitively but loosely, and above all else his sensitive hand overworks nothing, such that the spontaneous painterly energies stay alive within the overall pictorial rhythm without dominating the reality of the subject matter.
This appears on the surface to be careful and considered picture making, and yet beneath the surface Patrick admits that for a painting to be successful the artist has to survive “mood swings ranging from exhilaration to despair as he makes the inevitable compromise in order to begin afresh in the ongoing search for the “elusive masterpiece” – it is a risky business this playing in pigment professionally.
“Painting is a process that I find both painful and rewarding”, Patrick explains.
“Each new work presents me with a “minefield” of problems to solve as I try (in vain) to force my vision onto a painting that appears to have a life of its own. The best a painter can hope to achieve is to show the ordinary in an extraordinary manner.”
Describing himself accurately as a “contemporary realist”, he is not constrained by formalist or academic approaches to colour mixing or its application, and his choice of subject matter allows him the freedom to explore and exploit the actual living plastic qualities of the paint itself to the very expressionist ends he needs to reach a balance between the emotional content and the work’s inner narrative.
Patrick has the ability to equally share and convey his passion for any subject, its feeling to him…the stacked urban landscape of geometrical roofs and thin streets, the knotted indigenous bush and vast Aussie scrub lands, the exotic Buenos Aires, a portrait, or a clump of artist’s materials waiting to be animated into use.
Born in Bathurst in 1949, Carroll has been practising as a professional artist since 1974 and his work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in Australia, UK, Japan, USA, Europe and New Zealand.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1995 Manly Art Gallery and Museum
“Gravitas: a survey exhibition”
1996 North Shore Fine Art
1999 Highland Heritage Estate Orange NSW
“New Paintings – Inside and Out”
2000 Dubbo Regional Gallery NSW
“The Bushfire Series – Black”
2001 Boyd Fine Art Gallery, Camden NSW
2002 Manly Art Gallery and Museum
“Luna Park is Yellow”
Selected Group Exhibitions
1990-91 Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery NSW
“A Regional Response”
1996 Wagner Art Gallery, Hong Kong
“Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition”
1997 Woolloomooloo Gallery NSW
1998 Manly Art Gallery and Museum
“Present Company Included” Peninsula Art Society Exhibition
1965 Bathurst Agricultural Show
Secondary School Student Award
1077-94 RAS of NSW Royal Easter Show Awards
1986-92 ACTA Maritime Award Finalist
1987 ACTA Maritime Award Winner
1988-90 ACTA Maritime Award Finalist
1989 Doug Moran in Search of Excellence Award
Henry Lawson-Doug Moran Landscape Award, Gulgong NSW
1990 Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize
1992 St. Gregorys College, Campbelltown NSW
ACTA Maritime Award Collection, Campbelltown Bicentennial Art Gallery, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, Fairfield Municipal Council, Lismore City Art Gallery, St. Ignatius College Riverview, Lane Cove, St Pius’x College, Chatswood, St Gregory’s College, Bathurst, State Bank of NSW, Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Collection, The American Club Sydney