Carl's paintings incorporate layers of doodles, motifs, scratchings, collage, and half legible cryptic references. The characteristics of Carl's particular approach to painting carries over from year to year in a creative process that embraces 'optimistic uncertainty' and 'ordered chaos' as a means of making work that is playful, bold and energetic.
'Carl Arroyo: The Past is Never Dead' - November 2015 - Catto Gallery, London.
'As you step into the warmth of the Catto Gallery, like a scene from Jumanji, you can sense the trapped energy of Arroyo’s paintings in the basement below. Barking for attention, thumping to be released, elbowing each other for space. Sinking down the stairs to catch the first glimpse, you can see why they are shouting. It is clear the paintings are related and, like rivalling siblings, they compete for your attention. As you dare to get closer, each one reveals it’s candid uniqueness. Arroyo’s paintings are bold and full of conflict. They are vibrant yet dark, angry yet playful , sincere yet flippant. They have found themselves, jostling with each other, trapped in an unfamiliar environment. I am quite sure that if you returned the next day you would find some slightly tilted and some would have swapped places. They are a lively, excitable and intense collection, bursting to be seen and share their stories. Go and listen'. Beff Lehem. November 2015
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Solo and group exhibitions:
2017 The Lansdown Gallery. Stroud. Gloucestershire.
2017 The Riverfront Arts Centre. Newport.
2015 The Catto Gallery. London.
2015 The Lansdown Gallery. Stroud. Gloucestershire.
2014 The Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London.
2014 The Art Shop. Abergavenny. Monmouthshire.
2014 The Shellhouse Gallery. Ledbury. Herefordshire.
2014 108 Gallery. Harrogate. Yorkshire.
2013 Star Anise Gallery. Stroud. Gloucestershire.
2013 The Shellhouse Gallery. Herefordshire.
2012 The Art Shop. Abergavenny. Monmouthshire.
2011 The Art Shop. Abergavenny. Monmouthshire.
2010 The Art Shop. Abergavenny. Monmouthshire.
2009 Featherstone Fine Art. Ross on Wye. Herefordshire.