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Bill McCarroll

Bill McCarroll’s paintings and prints show his interest in the procedural based art of post-minimalism – paint applied layer by layer on canvas to build textured surfaces, sometimes employing corrugated cardboard, in an attempt to maintain perfect control, leaving as few physical traces of the artist’s hand as possible.  The artist also has an orientation with Pop Art’s appropriation or referencing as seen in his editioned, hand colored silkscreen and lithographic prints – the attempt to bridge the gap that otherwise separates high art from mass culture. Born in California, McCarroll’s work bears the imprint of his admiration for the mechanisms and inclinations of the art sprung out of the sixties.  However, his imagery and presentation maintains an exploration in contemporary life and its constructs.

 



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Billy McCarroll played competitively in the sport of golf during his youth in Santa Barbara, California. Receiving a golf scholarship to the California State University, McCarroll changed his direction and left with an MA in Visual Art in 1969.The multi media artist has spent that last 30 years as an instructor, artist and jazz musician at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. In 1983, McCarroll came upon the 1953 Dell paperback edition of Sam Snead’s Natural Golf, a how to book of instructions from the famous golfer which became an ongoing influence in the artistic course of McCarroll’s art. Through the artist’s forays into eccentric abstraction and structural-procedural geometric abstraction, McCarroll’s appropriations of the rough graphics and text from the book allows the artist to preserve his reverence of the game of golf while balancing it with a subtle sense of humor, giving his work namely a unique visual presentation.

Billy McCarroll played competitively in the sport of golf during his youth in Santa Barbara, California. Receiving a golf scholarship to the California State University, McCarroll changed his direction and left with an MA in Visual Art in 1969.The multi media artist has spent that last 30 years as an instructor, artist and jazz musician at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. In 1983, McCarroll came upon the 1953 Dell paperback edition of Sam Snead’s Natural Golf, a how to book of instructions from the famous golfer which became an ongoing influence in the artistic course of McCarroll’s art. Through the artist’s forays into eccentric abstraction and structural-procedural geometric abstraction, McCarroll’s appropriations of the rough graphics and text from the book allows the artist to preserve his reverence of the game of golf while balancing it with a subtle sense of humor, giving his work namely a unique visual presentation.

Born: 1937 Santa Barbara, California USA

Residence: Lethbridge, Alberta Canada

 

Education

B.A. California State University, San Francisco 1967

M.A. California State University, Humboldt 1969

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011      How To Play a Winning Game Your Way: A Survey 1971-2011, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

2005 Bill McCarroll, Golf Lesson, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2002 Several works are featured at the Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario, site of the 2002 Canadian Open.

2002 Fore, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2002 New Works, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, AB

2002 The Golf Lesson, Appleton Museum, Ocala, Florida

2000 Forewarning, Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

1993 How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: A Continuing Metaphor,

1983-1993, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

1991 Sam: The Portraits, Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

1990 Curtains, Installation, Stride Gallery, + 15, Calgary

On the Green, touring exhibition, Alberta Art Foundation Extension Exhibition Program, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Edmonton Art Gallery

1988 New Drawings/ Paintings, Canadian Art Galleries

1987 How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: Part III, Kelowna Art Gallery,

Kelowna, British Columbia

1986 How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: The Metaphor Continues, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1984 How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: a Continuous Metaphor, Off-Centre Centre, Calgary

1983 Recent Work, Torbolton Oaks Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

1981 New Paintings, Southern Alberta Art Gallery

1978 Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Red Deer College Art Gallery, Alberta

1977 Geotape Compositions, University of Calgary Art Gallery

1974 Bill McCarroll/ Jeff Olsen, Glenbow-Alberta Art Gallery

1973 Bill McCarroll/ Jeff Olsen, The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

1969 M.A. Graduate Exhibition, California State University Art Gallery, Arcata, California

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2004 Toronto International Art Fair (represented by Michael Gibson Art Gallery, London ON)

2003 “Untitled”, Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

2002 Variety Pack: Pop Art’s Legacy in Canada, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

2002 Several works are featured at the Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario, site of the

Canadian Open

2001 Zippity Zip, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2001 Exhibitions, Acquisitions and Commissions 1981-2001, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

2001 Gardens, Paul Kuhn Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

2001 Avantgardening, Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

2000 Fresh, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2000 ABC’s of Pop Art, Appleton Museum, Ocala, Florida

1999- present represented by Paul Kuhn Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1999 Stumble, Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

1998 25th Anniversary Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1995-99 Represented Canadian Art Gallery, Calgary- Various Group Exhibitions

Gallery Artists, Canadian Art Galleries

1994 Contemporary Canadian Abstraction: A Selection, Kenderdine Gallery, University of

Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Adrian Cooke, Bill McCarroll, Jeffrey Spalding, Canadian Art Galleries

Seattle International Art Fair, represented by Canadian Art Galleries

1993 Artist Proof, Canadian Art Galleries

1992 Alberta Survey: New Landscape, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

From Soup to Nuts: Pop Art, It’s Legacy and the Culture of Consumption, organized

by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, WORKS Visual Arts

Festival, Edmonton; Visual Art Week, Calgary

Gallery Artists, Barret Post Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

The McIntyre Ranch Project, Southern Alberta Art Gallery

1991 The Oldman River Exhibition, Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Selections from the Alberta Art Foundation, University Art Gallery,

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

1990 Los Angeles International Art Fair, represented by Canadian Art

Galleries

Gallery Artists, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary

1989 Gallery Artists, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB

bridge, organized by The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

and presented in Lethbridge

1988 Survey Alberta 88, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB

Five Artists from the Stride Gallery, THE WORKS Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton, AB

Visions of Alberta, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1987 Aspects of Contemporary Alberta Painting, Glenbow Museum

Transference, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta; Charles H. Scott

Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Focus ’87, Southern Alberta Art Gallery

John Clark, Bill McCarroll, Jeffrey Spalding, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB

1985 Southern Exposure, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

1983 Recent Acquisitions, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta

1977 Alberta Works, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

New Abstract Art, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1976 Alberta Artists, Canada House, London, England; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and New York, N.Y.

1973 Contemporary Alberta Artists, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1971 West ’71, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1970 Design IIX, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California

1969 Sculpture ’69, Ester Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1969 Sculpture ’69, Ester Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1966 Crafstman ’66, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California

1962    Young Americans ’62, New York Contemporary Craft Gallery, N.Y.

 

Collections

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton

Government of Alberta, Edmonton

Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa

Dunlop Art Gallery

Energy Resource Conservation Board, Calgary

Glenbow Museum

J.S. Charles, Santa Monica, California

Kenderdine Gallery, University of Saskatchewan

Lethbridge Regional Hospital

Morrison Petroleums Limited

Nickle Art Museum, University of Calgary

Norcen Energy Resouces Limited

RAPPORT, Toronto

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery

Sun Life of Canada, Toronto

The Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Collections of The University of Lethbridge

Private Collections

 

Bibliography

2002 Ferdie De Vega, “Master strokes: Golfer, artist, Billy McCarroll combines his passions in new exhibit”, Star-Banner, Ocala Florida, March 17.

2002 Mary-Beth Laviolette, “Golf the subject of artist’s passion”, Calgary Herald, May 25.

1991 The Oldman River Exhibition, catalogue, Southern Alberta Art Gallery

1991 On the Green, catalogue, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta;

Alberta Art Foundation Extension Exhibition Program

1991 Mary-Beth Laviolette, ‘Oldman River Expedition,’ review, Artichoke, Vol. 2, No.3 (Fall/ Winter) 32-4.

1991 Nancy Tousley, ‘Window Projects,’ review, Calgary Herald, January 25

1988 Elizabeth Beauchamp, ‘Sam in Orange: Hole in One,’ review, The Edmonton Journal, July 3

1988 Nancy Tousley, ‘New Drawings/Paintings: Canadian Art Galleries’ review, Calgary Herald, May 26

1987 Nancy Tousley, ‘Alberta Artists Turn Mass Culture Back On Itself,’ review, Calgary Herald, January 13

1987 Nancy Tousley, ‘John Clark, Bill MCCarroll, Jeffrey Spalding,’ review, Calgary Herald, November 19

1986 Meta Perry, ‘How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: The Metaphor Continues,’ review, Regina Leader Post, May 1

1986 ‘Mr. Tee,’ Canadian Art, Vol.3, No.3 (Fall) 23-4.

1986 Grant Arnold, ‘Billy J. McCarroll,’ review, Vanguard, Vol.15, No.4 (September) 42.

1984 Nancy Tousley, ‘How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: a Continuing Metaphor,’ review, Calgary Herald, November 20

1988 Survey Alberta 88, catalogue, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary

1987 Vince Varga, Aspects of Contemporary Alberta Painting, catalogue, Glenbow Museum, Calgary

1987 Daina Augaitis, Transference, catalogue, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta

1986 Peter White, How to Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way: The Metaphor Continues, catalogue, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1974 Bruce Ferguson, Bill McCarroll/Jeff Olsen, catalogue, Glenbow Alberta Art Gallery,   Calgary, Alberta


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