Marie Carroll has achieved an extraordinary spontaneity in her splendid and exciting painting. She uses variations of style and motifs and explores the techniques of alla prima. Marie works on the canvas drawing and re-drawing. Her direct, all prima paintings, laden with pigment straight from the tube, excite and capture everyday life. She exaggerates form and movement with rich and intense colours. Her paintings depict crowded streets, cafes full of life, interiors (the Shelbourne Bar), landscapes and seascapes (Killiney Beach and Sandymount Strand). Marie Carroll began painting with works of an impressionist character. Her interest in primitive, naive painting led her toward a simplification of form which was to take to a new level of expression.
“At the moment I am absorbed in landscapes and interiors. My brush strokes are heavily laden. I hit the canvas with irregular touches of the brush which I leave as they are, patches of thickly laid-on colour, creating a sense of movement, a flickering light, the freshness off an immediate impression.”
Marie Carroll is steeped in the history of art. She is influenced by the masters of European painting, but her work is distinctively Irish. She draws her inspiration from the people of Ireland, its customs and landscapes. She has emerged as one of the most important of Irish painters and has a rapidly growing international reputation. Her work is to be found in some of the most important collections at home and abroad.