Marie Carroll ( - 2016)
Drinks at the Shelbourne Bar, Dublin
City's manifold enticements have captivated Marie Carroll and provided the
inspiration and subject matter for her delightful paintings for more than forty
techniques and themes reflect her interest in the painterly concerns of French
Impressionism, which she modernizes through her use of strong harmonious
colours, illustrating the success in which the artist assimilates aspects of
Impressionism while staying true to her own idiosyncrasies.
received her formal training at the Goldsmith College of Art, where she spent
three years learning and developing her masterly control of light and colour.
Marie moved to Ireland in the 1970's, where she fell in love with the vibrant,
bustling streets and the historic parks of Dublin.
of a harmonious range of hues, she creates compositions in which she mixes
herself with the crowd on one of Dublin's most bustling thoroughfares, Grafton
Street, and plays the role of an onlooker at a wedding outside Dublin's
monumental Shelbourne Hotel. The insouciant crowds and busy, scurrying
waitresses inside favourite Dublin meeting places - Bewleys and the Shelbourne
- are brought to throbbing life as they are captured in a riot of harmonious
colours, applied with a seemingly spontaneous yet masterly hand. She sees
Dublin as a feminine city and Dublin is indeed the heroine of her paintings.
contrast to these urban scenes of well-known Dublin landmarks, rural scenes, including
country cottages from the West of Ireland and seascapes along the Irish
coastline, have also dominated her oeuvre. For these paintings, Marie tends to
abandon the striking palette her Dublin scenes are famously known for, in
favour of a much softer palette
comprising of earthy tones; ochers and browns, perhaps in reflection of
the outdoor subject matter. Her work which is greatly inspired by the Irish
coastline and its tradition of sailing and beach activities is dominated by swirling
and sweeping brushstrokes. Her sailing scenes, which capture the dynamic
movement of the sea, are painted en plein air, thus capturing the spontaneity
of the moment, again reflecting the ideals of French Impressionism so prominent
in her work.
is an instinctive preservationist. "I don't like to see my city vanishing
before my eyes" she has said; a hearty Amen to that. But above all, she is a
painter of happiness and of joie de vivre.
iMarie Carroll died in 2016.