Carl Gopal by Amanda Brown 1991

Carl Gopal (aka Gopalkrishnan) has always strived to reinvent painting to reflect his changing world.  Born in 1967 in the UK, Carl’s artistic practice spans three decades to capture the personal and historical turning points that shape the small gestures that define our humanity. He has held solo exhibitions in his home state of WA, in group shows in the US, and at conferences on international intervention in London.  His paintings are also featured in international poetry, literary, arts and political journals. 

Bringing different ideas together is Carl’s passion. He has painted portraits of leading quantum physicists, worked with activists, geneticists, lawyers, actors and researchers when developing his ideas on how cultural politics is changing the human narrative. 

Bridge Gallery L-R Carl Gopal Jenny Wright Paula Schuchuk Gary Tait 1992A self-funded independent artist, Carl also works in policy and research and  currently developing a new series around synthetic genomics and comparative religionHe is a member of Australia's National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA) and has worked as a lecturer in art and design, in the multicultural and community arts sector, and as a policy researcher for state government arts funding agencies in Australia.

This year his work illustrates the cover of Dr Kyle Grayson's new book from Routledge London: Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: on drones, counter-insurgence and violence as part of their Intervention Series. This evolved from his presentation at an International Intervention workshop in the UK in 2012.


    Select Exhibitions and Projects 1987-2017                               



2017 BSG Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, May 2017 (group).

2017 Disrupt-Create-Connect: The Business of Multiculturalism | Friday March 24, 2017, Russell Kennedy Lawyers Conference Room. Polaron Language Services and Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria. Artist theme of the forum.

2015 June, Men on Men Art Exhibition, The Laird Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria. (group) - read article about this painting

2013, 2-11 August, The Assassination of Judy Garland - A Metaphorical Portrait of America, 
464 SmartSpace, Perth, WA (solo).

2012 Quantum Biology: Current Status and Opportunities, 17- 18 September 2012
Centre for International Intervention [cii], School of Politics, 
University of Surrey in the UK. Poster session. 
A portrait of Assoc Professor Caslav Brukner of Physics Dept, University of Vienna.

2012 Hitting the Target?” - How New Capabilities Are Shaping Contemporary 
International Intervention
12 July 2012 - 13 July 2012. 
Centre for International Intervention [cii], School of Politics, 
University of Surrey in the UK. Poster exhibition, abstract & publication cover. (group)

2011 Visual Overture Magazine, Springhonorable mention exhibit in print, southern states publications, Atlanta, USA.

2008 We'll Always Have Paris - bent tales from the sub-atomic, Keith+Lottie Gallery, Perth, WA. Opening January 16-February 1 (solo).

2007 The Beauty of Physics, inaugural art prize exhibition, Dept of Physics, University of Waterloo, Canada, June (group).

2007 Relocated: A Keith and Lottie Retrospective, Breadbox Gallery, Perth, WA. (Artrage Festival) November 16, Perth, WA (group).

2007 American Caricature: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons - A World View of the United States by 34 political cartoonists, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery (TRAF), Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Sept 14 - Oct 20 (group).

2007 Reflex: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons: A World View of the United States, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City April 26-28 (group).

2006 Sedition and Other Bedtime Stories, Keith and Lottie Gallery, Northbridge (solo)

1994 Bridge Gallery at the Maltings, Northbridge, WA (group).

1994 WA New Horizons, Margaret River Galleries, Margaret River (sculpture/group).

1994 Artists and Artisans, The Old Church Gallery, Fremantle (group).

1992 Matilda Bay Art Awards Exhibition, Perth WA (group).

1992 Protruding Pieces Sculpture, Bridge Gallery, Northbridge WA (group).

1992 The Portrait Show, Bridge Gallery, Northbridge, WA (group).

1992 Dualities, Bridge Gallery, Northbridge, WA (solo).

1992 The Old Church Gallery, Fremantle, WA Group Show (group).

1991 Matilda Bay Art Awards, Perth WA (group).

1991 St Hilda's Art Prize Exhibition, Mosman Park, WA (group).

1991 Carl Gopal Solo, Bridge Gallery, Northbridge, WA (solo).

1990 Matilda Bay Art Awards Exhibition, Perth WA (group).

1989 Arrive Without Travelling, Kings Ambassador Hotel, Perth. WA. (group).

1987 Look See Touch-Studio Exhibition - textile arts (group).

Private Studio Exhibitions

August 2002 Melbourne, Victoria

August 2000 Perth, Western Australia

July 1995 Sydney, New South Wales

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Recent Publications

Media: Book Cover for Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing, Dr Kyle Grayson, Routledge, London|  2017

The Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing by Kyle Grayson_Routledge 2016

"The deployment of remotely piloted air platforms (RPAs) - or drones - has become a defining feature of contemporary counter-insurgency operations. Scholarly analysis and public debate has primarily focused on two issues: the legality of Read more> (from Routledge) -  
My painting There is Nothing Like A Drone is the cover for Dr Kyle Grayson's 2017 book from Routledge London: Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: on drones, counter-insurgence and violence published in 2017. It is part of their Intervention Series which provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics.