Carl’s art career spans three decades and explores both the small gestures we select to define ourselves and the historical turning points that shape us. His acrylic paintings and works on paper move from mixed media, traditional painting techniques, printmaking, drawing and the written word. In the last decade he has researched and explored the cultures which construct our geopolitical conflict, our national identity and our fears of a post-human future.
He considers painting a tough battleground of ideas and a discipline. He explains that “painting is the antithesis of our current ‘undo ‘culture. When you put down the paint-good or bad - you have to work with it and make it work and accept the temporal nature of that time and place in your life. Painting requires little acts of commitment to complete the story. It also needs research and contemplation. I paint even when I’m not painting”.
Born in the UK, Carl began working as a typographer and designer after studying graphic design in Perth, Western Australia. While working as a designer he continued to paint, but it was not until he worked in a small art gallery in the 90s, combining practical learning from his peers with academic study in sociology and history, that Carl understood that painting was his ‘thing’. After completing a BA in History, and later a First Class Honours in Sociology, he began collaborating between the worlds of academia, art, politics, music and the company of strangers. He travels to research his paintings and collaborates as often as he can with other artists, scientists, philosophers, indeed, anyone with anyone that can help him to fill in “the story” in his paintings. These friendships lead to insights that books and the internet can never replace.
Carl likes to reach across dividing dogmas. He has presented his art at international intervention workshops in the UK, painted portraits of leading quantum physicists and developed his ideas on how cultural politics and technology is changing the human story. Most often showing his work every 5 years, Carl has held 5 solo exhibitions in Australia and group projects internationally. Outside of exhibiting, Carl has been widely published in international magazines and journals of poetry, politics and culture writing about his work and on the power of creativity to affect social change.
In 2017 his cover art for Dr Kyle Grayson's book Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing - On Drones, Counter-Insurgency, and Violence (Routledge, London, UK) will be released. It builds on his work in policy workshops on international intervention, and the role of culture in how political decisions shape our changing world. Carl is currently working on a new series about synthetic genomics and comparative religion.
About the Book (from Routledge) - "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
My painting There is Nothing Like A Drone ise 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..