The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition titled skyline by William Carroll. This will be his fifth exhibition with the gallery. In contrast to his last exhibition which just focused on Manhattan, Carroll continues his exploration in paint expanding his focus to all five boroughs. For the first time all of his works will be on canvas or panel and of a larger scale than previous work.
The artist writes: "My greatest pleasure is to be out of my apartment at dawn and off to explore the city. In the early morning light the buildings are silhouettes that play against each other in a dialogue that illuminates and defines what is so very specific about the structures and spatial organization of New York. I spend hours walking and drawing with memo pad and black pen….from Canarsie in Brooklyn to Baychester in the Bronx….making hundreds of quick line drawings. Some of the drawings are then transformed into the paintings that are the final ‘story’ of the walks. The paintings are meant to retain the simplicity and spontaneity of the original drawings. Like pages in a journal, or snapshots, they convey information in as straightforward and simple a manner as possible. And certainly I’m influenced by those early 20th century images of the city by artists such as Louis Lozowick and Alfred Steiglitz.”
William Carroll was born in the Bronx, raised on Long Island, got his BFA from Pratt Institute, and spent the 70’s in San Francisco. He has worked in the New York art world for over thirty years: at the Dia Art Foundation, The Brooklyn Museum, Charles Cowles Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Nancy Graves Foundation and is presently the Director of the EFA Studio Program on 39th Street in Manhattan. He has organized numerous exhibitions; most recently Silhouette at EFA 20|20 Gallery in 2013. Carroll teaches a course for MFA students at Pratt Institute titled Art World & Professionalism, and has lectured at the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bard College, School of Visual Arts, and F.I.T.