SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS
William Carroll has been involved in the New York art world for over thirty years. He was the director of the Charles Cowles Gallery and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery. He has also worked at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum and presently as the Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. His images come from long urban hikes through all five boroughs of New York City. The final paintings in acrylic on paper, or spray paint on canvas, document the experience of moving through the dense urban space when the city is the most quiet. Carroll is particularly interested in the relationship of the buildings to each other, the juxtaposition of old and new, ornate and plain, and the abrupt changes in scale so specific to New York. Concentrated and pared down, organized and numbered, these paintings are an attempt to capture, and make tangible, the soul of the city.