Carroll is a master draftsman, etcher, and watercolorist. In the last twelve years, Carroll has concentrated on photography, focusing especially on small details of the natural world on Cape Ann. His artist’s eye often finds scenes of beauty in places others pass by regularly without noticing.
All my life I have been compelled to explore and discover the intricacies of the world around me. I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. I don’t look for the perfect image, I wander about, and things are revealed on their own. The trick is keeping your eyes open and paying attention to seeing. My life has been one of exploration with a compulsion to “To See, To Understand, and To Know” and in doing so to generate work that is truthful and intelligent.
When I produce an image, I hope it speaks for itself. I hope it inspires and brightens the day of each person who views it. Whatever it says to the viewer, good or bad, is up to them to put in their pocket.
— Charlie Carroll
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015 – September 13, 2015
A group exhibition offering more than fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works in the genre of landscape, chosen to represent a diversity of artistic approaches.
The Art of Natural History
January 29, 2015 – March 15, 2015
An exhibition reprising last year’s winter partnership with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon
and curated with two organizing ideas: Charles Darwin’s famous closing paragraph of On The Origin of Species,
and the idea that the art in the exhibition should straddle the boundary between documentation and interpretation of the natural world.
July 3, 2014 – July 27, 2014
An exhibition celebrating Gloucester Harbor and the area’s legacy of more than 150 years of excellence in the visual arts, displaying works of art by eighteen Cape Ann artists, including four guest artists, and introducing Gloucester artist Ed Touchette
, now represented by Trident Gallery.
January 17, 2014 – March 16, 2014
A trans-discipline, evolving, multi-media art experience—an exhibition of visual art and a coordinated series of performances evolving with the season from mid-winter into spring.
Walls of Plenty
November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
A cornucopia of art to feed the soul.
Home: The Inaugural Exhibition
August 30, 2013 – October 14, 2013
Trident Gallery's inaugural exhibition shows the work of twelve artists representing the excellence and variety of contemporary fine art on Cape Ann. Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift has assembled 39 works of art that explore ideas of “home.”