"Carl Gopalkrishnan is a highly creative and highly skilled fine artist and illustrator. We featured his work “Elsewhere 2″ as the cover illustration for the June 2009 issue of Literal Latte (a journal of prose, poetry and art), and included a large gallery of his paintings, drawings and pen & ink work in the same issue. Carl has a unique and compelling artistic vision, and all of us at Literal Latte very much look forward to seeing new developments in his career as an artist. We are proud to have featured him."
Carl's paintings have been exploring our waking dreams and our public and private myths for 25 years. They draw inspiration from religion, science, mythology, politics & popular culture.
His most recent series - The Assassination of Judy Garland (2008-12) - explores a metaphorical portrait of America. It attempts to make sense of the current global political crisis using a queer cultural lens.
From 2013 Carl has been working on new paintings that reflect on our messianic tendencies within rapidly advancing biotechnologies. It touches on work with dreams, world religions and archetypal mythology.
Published in international magazines and journals of poetry, politics and culture, Carl also collaborates with people and centres of learning related to his work in progress. In 2012 he exhibited his work in a workshop in the UK on 'new capabilities and intervention' (UAVs - or drones) which was an opportunity to walk across the barrier between art and policy - a rare occurrence.
Born in 1967 in the UK, he began his career as a typographer and designer after studying graphic design in Perth, Western Australia. He is a self-taught painter, having worked in a small gallery in the 90s combining practical learning from his peers with academic study.
Preferring a less conventional road map Carl developed his own process through a mixture of artistic experimentation and in depth research while working in a range of different professions to fund his art.
After completing his BA in History with First Class Honours (in Sociology) from Murdoch University Carl began, but later withdrew from, doctoral studies in Melbourne. Making a conscious decision to use his art as his lens, Carl began an unusual journey collaborating between the worlds of academia, art, politics, music and the company of strangers.