Patrick Carroll

P a t r i c k   C a r r o l l

The Wreck

I describe myself as a Contemporary Realist. I work mainly in oil, acrylic and watercolour on canvas and paper. The search for new and challenging subject matter has permitted me to travel extensively throughout Australia and overseas.

Painting is a process that I find both painful and rewarding. 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. If successful, one has survived mood swings ranging from exhilaration to despair as one makes the inevitable compromise in order to begin afresh in the ongoing search for the ‘elusive masterpiece’.

After studying part-time at Bathurst Technical College, from 1960 to 1963, Patrick Carroll moved to Sydney in 1968 where he studied part-time with Roma Lewington, Henry Hanke and Alan Hansen from 1970 to 1974.

In 1974, Carroll held his first solo exhibition at the Styles Gallery, Sydney. Following the success of this show, he became a full-time painter, having exhibited widely throughout New South Wales in solo and group shows during 1975-98. He has conducted occasional teaching and painting workshops throughout New South Wales. Since then, he has exhibited regularly, his most recent show being Two Visions, a joint exhibition with Rachel Carroll at Artarmon Galleries in 2018.

Carroll has received numerous awards and commendations for his work since 1965 (when he won the Bathurst Agricultural Show, Secondary School Student Award), including the ACTA Maritime Award (1987); Doug Moran in ‘Search of Excellence’ Award (1989); Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Award (1990), as well as various Royal Agricultural Society and Royal Easter Show Awards (1977–94).

He is represented in Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery; Dubbo Regional Art Gallery; Lismore City Art Gallery; P. & O. Maritime Collection; Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Collection and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia, Japan, USA, Europe and New Zealand.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1984, Carroll became a member of the Peninsula Art Society in 1981.