CARLY BURNELL

Carly Burnell’s paintings, made with layers of oil paint, wax and silicone, appear to be in a perpetual state of change. Subtle shifts in color, stroke and transparency create a prismatic effect that captures and reflects light in their topographic vistas and microscopic events. Burnell creates romantic works with mirror-like surfaces that the viewer imbues with their own latent emotions—refracting and peering back at once.

BIO:

Carly Burnell was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1991. Burnell received a MFA from New York University in New York City in 2017, and a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City in 2015.

Solo exhibitions of Burnell’s work include: Latent Impressions at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City (2020); You Have My Eyes at CFCP in Brooklyn, New York (2018); and November at 80WSE Project space in New York City (2016).

Group exhibitions that have shown Burnell’s work include: Honoring the Dog-Legging Horizon at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City (2021); Later Summer at Studio 200 in New York City (2019); Semi Permanent Exhibition at The Wing DC in Washington, D.C. (2018); Semi Permanent Exhibition at The Wing Soho in New York City (2017); Winter in America II at Mom’s Favorite Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2017); Works by at Fan Club Gallery in Miami, Florida (2017); Be Your Own Puppet at Theodore:Art in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Winter in America at Mom’s Favorite Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2016); NYU MFA First Year Show at 80WSE Gallery in New York City, (2016); In media res at Commons Gallery in New York City (2016); Parsons The New School of Design Senior Thesis Show at 25 East Gallery and NRM Gallery in New York City (2015); The National Arts Club, New York City (2015); Process:Concept at Industry City in Brooklyn, New York (2015); Concept:Process at Sheila Johnson Design Gallery in New York City (2015); Exquisite Corpse at NRM Gallery in New York City (2014); Monochrome at NRM Gallery in New York City (2014); and Square at NRM Gallery in New York City (2014).

In 2018, Burnell was awarded the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2018; the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship in 2016 and 2017; and the Dean’s BFA Scholarship from Parsons The New School of Design in 2014. 

Burnell has completed residencies at the Macedonia Institute in Chatham, New York (2018), and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2018). Burnell served as Adjunct Professor of Painting at New York University in 2016–17.

Burnell lives and works in New York City.