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03 September 2020 - 10 October 2020


Galerie Roger Katwijk is delighted to show the new works by Anglo – Irish  Cornish based artist John O’Carroll.

The title ‘Energeia’ stems from ancient Greek  referring to all underlying creative energy working from within, conscious and subconsciousness.

Mass, light and kinetic energy flow easily across the surfaces of these paintings. Indigo is the dominant pigment with O ‘Carroll’s trade mark silver, gold and copper leaf peeking through broad-brushed gesso layers.   O ‘Carroll’s use of deep indigo pigments in relation to and reflection of the the deep subconscious. Pre – Covid works seem to have a pent up energy as in 'Breakwater' whereas work made in the lockdown period have a release of energy , a breaking through , to new dynamics. In the large powerful ‘Breakwater’ paintings the effect is pearlescent, as after heavy rain on a stormy sea. 

A set of resin coated roundels pay homage to Japanese lacquered screens. Here we feel the hush of midnight lakes, indigo dark and in ten spirited paintings titled ‘Golden Threads’   broad stiff-brush house painters tools are replaced by Chinese Calligraphy brushes which reveal the deftness of  O’ Carroll’s long time interest and practice in the expressive qualities of line.

His work is built from impressions of the spaces through which he has traveled and lived with studios in Dakhleh Oaisis (Egypt) and Cornwall this allows him to explore a range of landscapes , both cultural and physical, with an emphasis on combining historical and contemporary painting techniques.

John O’Carroll (Cornwall, 1958)

The Anglo – Irish artist John O’Carroll trained at Cornwall College of Art and Design. Following his studies, he took part in numerous national and international art events, such as the International Biennale of Alexandria ‘Discovering The Book’ (2005). His work has been displayed in many spaces abroad, including the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City, and in Cairo at both the British Embassy and the residence of the Dutch ambassador (2013).

In 2012, the Rijks Museum of Antiquities in Leiden included John O’Carroll among other artists in the ‘Colours Of Oasis’ exhibition. In 2015, he was featured at the Nederlands-Vlaams Institute in Cairo. The following year he took part in the ‘Antropocine’ exhibition of the Eden Project in Cornwall. This past year, his work was shown in Circle Contemporary, a gallery in Wadebridge, Cornwall.Cornwall’s work can be found in a range of private collections as well as significant corporate collections, such as those of Akzo Nobel, AMC, VUmc, Loyens & Loeff, Accenture and the NCM British Headquarters in Cardiff. Galerie Roger Katwijk represents O’Carroll exclusively in the Netherlands.