Brendan Carroll is an abstract artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. His paintings combine his love of art history with more contemporary influences. As an undergraduate experimenting with art classes, Carroll’s first influences were abstract expressionists such as De Kooning and Pollock. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Brendan moved to New York to more fully immerse himself in the art scene there. He worked in a research lab and used evenings and weekends to paint. After five years of working on his craft and seeing what his contemporaries were creating, he finally felt he had a body of work which he could both exhibit and use as a base for his portfolio in applying to graduate school. Carroll received his MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, and subsequently moved to Atlanta. Concerning Atlanta, Brendan has explained “there are cities like Atlanta all over the world, where the art scene is not huge, but it’s very close-knit. It brings people together more as creatives, and there’s a real camaraderie between us. We all have a shared bond of working in the arts.”
In addition to painting, Carroll has worked in an art gallery, written reviews, and curated exhibitions. He has exhibited at Poem 88, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, High Museum of Art, and Kiang Gallery in Atlanta, as well as Eddy’s Room and Rabbithole Gallery in New York, and Pinkard and Subbasement Galleries in Baltimore, MD.
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