Sunday, May 18, 2014

Vegigante Series




Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Vegigante I"
Conte crayons, oil pastels
9" X 7"





Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Vegigante II"
Conte crayons, oil pastels
9" X 7"






Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Vegigante III"
Grease pencils
9" X 7"





Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Vegigante IV"
Grease pencils
9" X 7"


Vegigantes are Puerto Rican carnival figures.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Dance of Death





Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
"The Dance of Death (Study)"
Etching proof, retouched with ink
12" X 9"

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Green Ladies





Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Two Green Ladies"
Colored pencils
9 3/8" X 7"

Orange Ladies (Study)





Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
"Orange Ladies (Study)
Oil on canvas
10 3/4" X 12 5/8"

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Carnival Image





Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
Carnaval 1
Acrylic inks, acrylics
10" X 7



The picture above is a fantasy based on the carnival of Santiago, Dominican Republic, a frequent inspiration for my pictures.

  I'm aware that people sometimes take these carnival costumes as hailing from a world of monsters; from an "unnatural" world. I mean to make it clear that their provenance is very much a Caribbean, rural society. So, I make a point of including animal life, fruit vendors, or the simple concrete constructions, or, wooden clapboard homes, of the type commonly found in Dominican places (the setting where the event happens), to drive home the point.

  Yet, I do not mind the figures alluding to the supernatural. Remember that an important aspect of carnival, often overlooked, is religious. By donning a costume and enacting certain behaviors, you "let the devil out of yourself," as a purifying ritual. Although most of us are content to just think of the scene as a fun party. That's fine, too.

Monday, March 3, 2014





Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
Simian Chicken
Acrylic inks, acrylic paints
10" X 7"





Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
Grinning Simian
Pencil
9 3/4" X 8 1/8"





Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
Study for Eustace Tilley
Pencil
9" X 10"






Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
Color study for Eustace Tilley
Gouache
9" X10" 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Holland Cotter Mention in The New York Times' Weekend II Section, June 14, 2013.





Manuel Macarrulla, 1996
¨El Malec√≥n¨
Microsoft Paint image, printed on rice paper
8.5¨ X11¨

Follow the link to see the mention by Holland Cotter of Manuel Macarrulla´s painting ¨Goat Song #5: Tumult on George Washington Avenue" in the June 14, 2013 issue of The New York Times' Weekend II Section.

Saturday, February 22, 2014




Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
"Minerva Riding"
Gouache
7 1/16" X 10 3/16"





Manuel Macarrulla, 1988
"Goat Song #5: Tumult on George Washington Avenue"
Oil on canvas
72" X 96"




"Wallscape,"
Paint Chips applied to a wall
72" X 96"
shown at El Museo del Barrio's "La Bienal 2013 exhibition."







"Wallscape," (Detail, L)
Pavel Acosta, 2013
Paint Chips applied to a wall
72" X 96"
An 'intervention' in El Museo's permanent collection,
shown at El Museo del Barrio's "La Bienal 2013 exhibition."





"Goat Song #5: Tumult on George Washington Avenue," (Detail, L)
Manuel Macarrulla, 1988 






"Wallscape," (Detail, L)
Pavel Acosta, 2013
Paint Chips applied to a wall
72" X 96"
An 'intervention' in El Museo's permanent collection,
shown at El Museo del Barrio's "La Bienal 2013 exhibition."






"Goat Song #5: Tumult on George Washington Avenue," (Detail, R)
Manuel Macarrulla, 1988




Thursday, February 13, 2014



Manuel Macarrulla, 2014
"The Yard at Clinton Corners"
Oil pastels, oil bars and oil paint 
22 5/8" X 30"


Saturday, January 25, 2014





Manuel macarrulla, 2014
"3 Santiagueros (3 Guys from Santiago)"
Oil on canvas
30" X 30"




Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"Blue Woman (West Indian Carnival)"
Pastel
24" X 18"




Manuel Macarrulla, 2013
"2 Vegigantes (2 Balloon Carriers)"
Grease pencil, pencil
9 1/4" X 8 1/8"




Macarrulla, 2013
"Mardi Gras Reveler"
Grease pencil
9 1/4" X 8 1/8"

Friday, January 3, 2014

Recent shows in which Manuel Macarrulla has participated:

La Bienal 2013: Here is where we Jump," El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. (at 104th Street), New York City, 10029. The show, still up right now, runs through Jan. 4, 2014 (started 6.12.13). There are still a couple of days left.


The Big Small Paining Show, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, 180 Grand Street, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302. 11.16.13 - 12.21.13

Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Gallery, 24 Stockton Ave., New Hope, Pa. 9.7.13 - 10.26.13