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Carroll, Lawrence


mixed media works on paper


April 2023

Santa Barbara Studio

Santa Barbara Studio collaboration with Richard tullis


Large scale works on paper

Lawrence Carroll

Lawrence Carroll
(26 October 1954 – 21 May 2019)
Over the course of several years, Lawrence and Richard talked about possibilities for collaboration. Lawrence had been dissatisfied with previous printing experiences. During one meeting with Richard, he pulled from his working portfolio a few examples from a recently completed print project at another studio. Frustrated by the rigid laws of printmaking, he had drawn and sketched on top of these signed, finished works. The edges of the pieces, by his own doing, were dog-eared, the borders dirty, the ink smeared, and the pieces finger-marked-in short, treated with no regard for the laws of printmaking.
Lawrence had been working on a group of drawings that he hadn't shown, personal musings, ideas that hadn't found their way into the public eye. He wanted to incorporate these personal images into something larger. Attracted by the offset press and it's large-scale possibilities, he picked images to enlarge and made them into silkscreen negatives that would be used to transfer photographic images onto the plates.
Not satisfied with solely a printed image, he painted, screen printed, drew and waxed over the printed surfaces. Some of these pieces were then laminated to linen-wrapped board to produce an object resembling a painting.

Lawrence Carroll is an Australian-born American painter. He is best known for is deconstructed abstract “table paintings” made from scrap wood and cardboard, sculpturally arranged and rearranged as the artist works. The surfaces of Carroll’s work often appear monochromatic, but upon closer inspection a complex network of fractures and repairs are revealed. Ranging in scale from small to monumental, these works have been hung on the wall and as part of larger, floor-based installations. Born in 1954 in Melbourne, Australia, the artist moved with his family to Santa Monica, CA in 1958, going on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Carroll has participated in international exhibitions such as documenta IX, and his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He lives and works between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA

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