Location: Flushing, New York, United States
Carlton Decourcey Murrell, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in artistic expression.
With more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Murrell is a prolific and dedicated painter whose inspiration derives from his rich past history in Barbados and the Caribbean islands. Painting at the age of 18, he immigrated to New York City when he turned 23 years old and was awarded a scholarship to pursue art studies at the Art Students League. After studying for two years, he attended the Pels School of Art, where he graduated with a diploma in 1975.
Heavily influenced by the likes of Claude Monet and other European impressionist painters, Mr. Murrell’s paintings are characterized by a unique understanding of the effects of light and shadow on color and composition. Drawing upon inspiration from his native island and the streets of New York, his paintings represent both tropical and urban settings, conveying visual messages that allow the viewer to escape into his world. Since the inception of his artistic career, he has well over 100 exhibitions to his credit.
Mr. Murrell has exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Museum, the National African American Museum, the United Nations and Howard University, and his work hangs in permanent collections in the Carver Federal Savings Bank, the Copper Corporation of Chile, and the Central Bank of Barbados, among several others. Likewise, he has performed in group art shows at the Audubon Art Show, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, the Salmagundi Art Club of New York, John Jay College, and the Great Neck Library, with solo exhibitions at the Barbados Consulate, 409 Gallery in Baltimore, MD, Sonzi’s Gallery, the Caribbean Creation Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.
Four years in a row Mr. Murrell has won First Prize in Oil Painting and First Prize in Watercolor at the Fulton Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY. He has also won the Goddard Enterprise Award for Oil at his Barbados Solo Exhibition at Bronx Community College just this year. Mr. Murrell also recently began teaching Acrylic Painting classes for the United Federation Of Teachers. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to art, he won the National Unsung Hero of Barbados Fulton Art Fair Award in 2015, as well as the Achievement Award from the Council of Barbadian Organizations, Inc., in New York in 2002. He has been highlighted in Who’s Who in American Arts, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Industry, and International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs. Recognized by the American Biographical Institute, he has also been featured by Prentice Hall Literature, McDougal Littell Literature, and L’Enfant Noir – Classiques Hatier in Paris, France.
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