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Rebecca Carroll is an internationally exhibited artist who was born in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. Her paintings have been described as being inspirational, illuminating and transcendent of the ordinary. Frank Lewis, Gallery Owner and Broadcaster stated in a recent show at his gallery that Rebecca Carroll strips away everything to get to the soul. And yet the hallmark of her paintings is their variety and richness.
The essence of Rebecca's work depicts nature, and spirituality. The trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, are recurring symbols in her pieces. A prolific painter, her works are created spontaneously from her subconscious. She feels privileged to be an artist and considers it a noble ministry. Cyrus Hedayati of the Los Gatos Weekly Times wrote a feature story about Rebecca that carried the headline 'Irish Artist's Goal is to Touch People's Soul.' In it he stated: The wonder of Carroll's rich pastoral paintings.....hit on specific emotions.
Since she began painting professionally in 1998, Rebecca has had 17 one-person exhibitions, over 35 group exhibitions, and participated in five national art fairs. In 2007 she had three bodies of work in exhibitions in Washington, California and New York. In October 2007 Rebecca completed eleven commissioned 6ft x 3ft paintings for the University of Limerick. As a result of this significant project she was the featured artist on the Irish television programme Nationwide.
In 2008 Rebecca completed a 27 painting and print installation in the new trauma ward 2c here in the Regional Hospital in Limerick. Carmel O' Sullivan, senior ward sister says, ..the use of Rebecca's art contributes hugely to this environment and communicates with patients on many levels. In 2004 she published her first book on painting and poetry titled 'Sunny Spells, Scattered Showers', in collaboration with poet Mary Kennelly. Dr Kate O'Shea, art historian and critic, Belfast, stated:... between the leaves of these pages are the heart and soul of a modern Irishwoman, involved in family issues, yet fiercely independent in spirit and work. This book was reprinted in 2007. She is currently working on her second book, which will be a retrospective of her paintings combined with personal reflection and quotations from authors which have inspired her.
Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International and member of the International Association of Art Critics, stated: 'Rebecca Carroll's work is authentic and engaging, clearly originating from a deep spiritual center...her work fits a category of healing art that is much needed today.' In 2010 Rebecca set up Colourful Spirits - North Kerry Art group with film maker Lisa Fingleton. The groups aim is to bring artists together of diverse styles and techniques who want to learn from each other, while developing individually as a result of their meeting together.
Rebecca Carroll received a diploma in design with merit from
Limerick College of Art and Design and worked in RTE, Irelands
national television station, for eight years as a graphic
designer. She is married to David Griffin and they have two
children Elliott and Ellen.
Glenwood Studio, Littor Strand, Asdee, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.
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