Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Artwork on display at Haas & Wilkerson until the end of June 2016



HAAS & WILKERSON INSURANCE
4300 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS
April, May, and June 2016

                                         

JOHN DAVIS CARROLL
Artist Statement and Information


    The still life paintings are inspired from old Dutch master still life paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries with a modern twist. This series started as good habits and bad habits. Eventually they turned into mostly bad habits. After all, they are more fun. 

     The ink gesture drawings in the training room were done using a Japanese ink brush pen on paper during dance rehearsals at the Carlsen Center located on the Johnson County Community College campus. These drawings are an attempt to express the energy, tension and movement of both the dance rehearsal session and my skills as a visual artist. In part, these drawings were inspired from a trip to Mongolia with brief stops in South Korea and China. Visiting a Shaman’s “ger” (a nomadic dwelling also known as a “yurt”) in the steppes of Mongolia, I had the opportunity to see a woman demonstrate traditional Mongolian calligraphy using ink and brush. To me, Mongolian script looks like a mixture of Korean and Arabic writing. It has flowing lines and circles written in a vertical format. Rather than duplicating or emulating this style, these drawings are an exploration of a similar medium expressing modern dance.
  
Artwork is available for purchase.
For inquiries, contact the artist directly by email: johndaviscarroll@gmail.com or though his website.
                                            
www.johndaviscarroll.com














































Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Gesture in the Theatre" Ink Drawings by John Davis Carroll

"Gesture in the Theatre"
Ink Drawings by JOHN DAVIS CARROLL
Opening: Friday March 4th 2016 6pm – 9pm
THE LATE SHOW
1600 Cherry Kansas City, MO 64108
816.516.6749

"Rehearsal S5" 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Ink on Paper 


Artist Statement     
     These ink gesture drawings were done using a Japanese ink brush pen on paper during dance rehearsals at the Carlsen Center located on the Johnson County Community College campus in 2014 and 2015. One of my favorite aspects of life drawing is how one expresses the emotion of movement of the human form. The expression of a fleeting moment took precedent over documenting the human form. It is an attempt to express the energy, tension and movement of both the dance rehearsal session and my skills as a visual artist. So, the abstract qualities are stronger in some of the drawings. They are representations of what I saw and felt at those moments as an artist. I see these gesture drawings as virtual collaboration with the dancers.     
     In part, these drawings were inspired from a trip to Mongolia with brief stops in South Korea and China. Visiting a Shaman's ger (yurt) in the steppes of Mongolia, I had the opportunity to see a woman demonstrate traditional Mongolian calligraphy using ink and brush. To me, Mongolian script looks like a mixture of Korean and Arabic writing. It has flowing lines and circles written in a vertical format. Rather than duplicating or emulating this style, my work is an exploration of a similar medium expressing modern dance.     
     Though most may know me as a landscape painter, I have had a long relationship with the human figure as an artist and teacher. When I was in graduate school at Parsons School of Design in NYC in the early 1990’s the primary subject matter was having live models 5 days a week for the 2 year program. I have been teaching drawing and painting at JCCC for 15 years and life drawing for the Masters in Theatre Design at UMKC for 14 years. In the title for this show Theatre is not a misspelling. Theater is a venue and the Theatre is an art form. 

The artwork will be on display the month of March. 

Monday, July 27, 2015



Thank you, ArtsKC and Waddell & Reed for having my work on display for the last 3 months. This was the third corporate showing of my paintings in the last year. Most of the work has gone back to The Late Show Gallery and some should be up for this First Friday, August 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

EPR Properties installation of my paintings.

ArtsKC: Now Showing is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and businesses by providing opportunities for metro-area artists to display their work in the conference rooms, lobbies, and office spaces of local companies.  The partnership benefits the artist who is exposed to a potential new audience, as well as the company who is exposed to new elements of creativity and inspiration.

My paintings will be on display at EPR Properties 909 Walnut until March 17th 2015. In 1997 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.





















The building was built in 1930–31 as the Fidelity National Bank & Trust Building (referred to locally as the Fidelity Building) at an estimated cost of $2,850,000, including bank fixtures.[2] The site had been a two-story post office and federal building until 1904 when Fidelity took over the site for its headquarters. The two-story building was razed in 1930. The new building mimicked the original federal twin-spire structure, in an Art Deco-Gothic Revival architectural motif. (wikipedia)




 













Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beyond Bounds Electric!

"Neptune" a ready made assist video construction 27" x 15" x 10" will be up for auction to benefit the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Online bidding will start October 8th for those who purchase tickets for the event on October 18th 2014 at 7pm. There will be a live auction and silent auction (smart phone needed), gourmet buffet and entertainment.
The public can preview “Beyond Bounds” at no charge from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 17.

Beyond Bounds Electric! Information

"Neptune" Photograph by E. G. SCHEMPF, Catalogue - Beyond Bounds Electric 2014 Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
"Neptune" Photograph by Artist
"Neptune" Photograph by Artist



Friday, October 3, 2014

"Over Land and Water" is tonight 6pm - 10pm 10/3/2014

"Over Land and Water" my show at The Late Show 1600 Cherry KC MO is tonight 6pm - 10pm! 16 paintings of various sizes in the show. The work will be up for the month of October. "Corn and Stack" 7" x 5" oil on wood, "Contrail over Missouri" 12" x 9" oil on wood, "Evening Clouds over the Ohio" 30" x 40" oil on wood.