Overview

John O’Carroll is a contemporary artist with an interesting backstory in Egyptology. A robust art practitioner throughout his life, O’Carroll continues to divide his time between his studio gallery in north Cornwall, his winter studio in southern Egypt, and Amsterdam where he is represented by the Roger Katwijk gallery.

On first viewing O’Carroll’s abstract paintings and mixed media wall pieces sit neatly within British and European modernism and yet they are set free from historical context. A master with pigment, O’Carroll’s airy minimalist paintings are built from impressions of the spaces through which he has traveled. ‘Making’ is fundamental to his sense of self and John can't imagine life without the flow of creative expression. Over the years O’Carroll has explored a range of traditional and modern painting techniques and his home-made paint from raw pigments has roots in his study of ancient civilisations.

 

Artists and poets are often driven by what Carl Jung describes as the soul wound - in Greek mythology, the learned centaur Chiron was the healer who could not heal himself of the wound inflicted by the poisoned arrow of Heracles. John O’Carroll is drawn to arid landscapes and barren English moors which invite a man to scream into the void: When he was six John and his mother went to live in west Texas where he was surrounded by imposing vastness. As a teenager he saw the big and the wide of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. O’Carroll's art whispers of these unpeopled landscapes which he distills into elegant abstract panoramas and richly pigmented roundels.

 

John O’Carroll’s work can be found in private collections and corporate collections such as those of Akzo Nobel, AMC, VUmc, Loyens & Loeff, Accenture and the NCM British Headquarters in Cardiff, The British Embassy in Cairo and the Netherlands Flemish Institute in Cairo.

Works
  • John O'Carroll, MAELSTROM, 2020
    John O'Carroll
    MAELSTROM, 2020
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and gold leaf on panel
    95 x 200 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, MAELSTROM II, 2021
    John O'Carroll
    MAELSTROM II, 2021
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and copper leaf on panel
    160 x 54 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Breakwater IV, 2019
    John O'Carroll
    Breakwater IV, 2019
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and copper leaf on panel
    72 x 200 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Indigo Moon , 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Indigo Moon , 2020
    Gesso, pure indigo pigment, gold leaf, resin on panel
    120 cm (diameter)
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Sol , 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Sol , 2020
    Gesso, pure pigment, copper and goldleaf, resin on panel
    120 cm (diameter)
  • John O'Carroll, Breakwater X, 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Breakwater X, 2020
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and gold leaf on panel
    110 x 78 cm (each panel)
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Energeia VIII , 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Energeia VIII , 2020
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and gold leaf on panel
    95 x 200 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Breakwater XIV, 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Breakwater XIV, 2020
    Gesso, pigment, silver, copper leaf on panel
    60 x 175 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Breakwater XV, 2020
    John O'Carroll
    Breakwater XV, 2020
    Gesso, pigment, silver, copper leaf on panel
    60 x 175 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
  • John O'Carroll, Place II, 2018
    John O'Carroll
    Place II, 2018
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and copper leaf on panel
    140 cm (d)
  • John O'Carroll, Place III , 2018
    John O'Carroll
    Place III , 2018
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and copper leaf on panel
    140 cm (d)
  • John O'Carroll, Place V, 2018
    John O'Carroll
    Place V, 2018
    Gesso, natural pigment, silver and copper leaf on panel
    220 x 64 cm
    Bespoke steel frame
Installation shots
Art Fairs