PROFILE OF CARLTON D. MURRELL

Carlton D. Murrell has been painting for over forty years with well over one hundred exhibitions to his credit.  As a child growing up in Barbados, Carlton began exploring his artistic talent by drawing and painting the various lifestyles of his Island nation.  He began his painting career at 18, inspired by the richness of Caribbean living and the world beyond.  He traveled to many distant places in search of a universal sense of art, which led him to immigrate to capital city of art – New York City.  While there, Murrell was awarded a scholarship to pursue additional advanced studies at the Art Students League.  He later attended the Pan American School of Fine and Pel’s School of Commercial Art and Illustration.   He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the National African American Museum, the United Nations and Howard University, as well as numerous galleries throughout the United States.

Master Impressionist painter Claude Monet tremendously influences his painterly style.  Drawing on the influence of European Impressionist painters, Murrell’s layering of paints, short strokes and usage of color emerges with a unique painterly style.  His ability includes a rare understanding of the effects of light on color.  Murrell combines his rich Caribbean heritage with traditional island and urban living to impact upon the viewer thought provoking visual messages. 

His works hang in permanent collections of Carver Federal Savings Bank, the Copper Corporation of Chile, South America, Howard University, The Central Bank of Barbados, among others.   Mr. Murrell has to his credit received numerous awards, prizes and citations.  He has served as curator at art exhibitions at the Community Gallery which was formerly located within the Brooklyn Museum and the Skylight Gallery.   He also works his skills as an art consultant and art teacher.   His work can be found in the homes of many collectors in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and South America. 

MEDIA CREDITS

Channel 13 PBS Documentary

CBS Television Affiliate, Hartford, CT

The New York Times

New York Daily News

Hartford Courant Newspaper

Art Speak Magazine

The Amsterdam News

Barbados Nation Newspaper

Barbados Advocate Newspaper

Manhattan East Art News

The Caribbean News

The Valentine Magazine

Plight of the Caribbean Artists - Film

 

COMMISSIONS

Barbados Consulate for former Consulate

Children’s Aid Society

General Paintings and Illustrations for Prentice Hall Publishers

Mural for Brooklyn Spring Creek Cultural Center

Many Private Commissions

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Audubon Art Show

Howard University

Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Hunter College

Salmagundi Art Club, NY

Brooklyn Museum

John Jay College

Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Con Edison

National Black Fine Art Exhibition

York College, Jamaica, NY

Great Neck Library

Art Off The Main

 

Federal Plaza Building, NY

Pace University, NY

 

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Carver Federal Bank, Harlem, NY

Copper Corporation of Chile, South America

Howard University, Washington, DC

Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

Prentice Hall School Division, New Jersey

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NY

The Central Bank of Barbados

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005

Barbados Consulate, NY

2003

Brooklyn Library (Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center)

2002

409 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2002

Brooklyn Library (Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center)

2000

Clinton Hill Simply Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1999

Satta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1995

Sonzi’s Gallery, NY

1995

Clinton Hill Simply Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1994

Savacou Gallery, NY

1994

Park House Gallery, Barbados

1990

Caribbean Creation Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1988

Cellar Gallery, Nyack, NY

1986

Represented Barbados at United Nations Members Tea Day, NY

1976

Studio 5 Art Gallery, NY

1972

Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados

PUBLICATIONS/ARCHIVAL BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK LISTINGS

2010

Who’s Who in American Arts

2010

International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs

2010

Marquis, Who’s Who in the East

2007

McDougal Littell Literature  - American Literature

2005

L’Enfant Noir – Classiques Hatier, Paris, France

2004

Who’s Who in Industry

1997

International Who’s Who

1995

Marquis, Who’s Who in the East

1994

Prentice Hall Literature Gold  -Paramount Edition

1994

Prentice Hall Literature - The British Tradition

1994

Prentice Hall Literature - Copper

1994

Prentice Hall Literature - Bronze

1990

American Biographical Institute

EDUCATION

The Art Students League of New York

Studied Illustration with Earl Mayan and Steven Gross

Copyright 2015. Carlton Murrell. All rights reserved.