Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1990, Ty P Carroll moved with his mother and brother to Ohio when he was 7 and has been living in different cities and towns across Ohio ever since. Earning a BFA at The Ohio State University in Art and Technology with an emphasis on computer information science, Ty P Carroll's artistic style combines traditional skills of drawing and painting with 21st century technology to create a new hybrid art form that is a true original not only to Ohio but to the art world at large. With no defined term for this type of art, Ty has coined the term "glitch drawing" for his unique craft. Art changes with the ages so it seems logical that the tools used to create the art would also change. With computers and technology now at the disposal of artists everywhere the only limitation is the imagination and the courage to run with it. Just like the Goosebumps of Seven Springs have taught, no guts no glory.
I have created the logo above to represent my art. It is a modified version of the Carroll family crest, from Ireland. Within the original design of the family crest are two golden lions in combat, with a sword between them. Having been born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and living most of my life in the great state of Ohio, I chose Buckeye Scarlet, Pittsburgh Gold, and Black to represent where I come from along with the triple diamond stars as an emblem of my Steel City genesis. Also included in the shield design is the fleur-de-lis to represent my French heritage. Red, black and yellow serve a double meaning to represent my family's German heritage, mimicking the modern German flag. And the golden eagle/thunderbird for my homeland as well as being my favorite animal since I was a child. I packed thoughtful symbolism into this carefully crafted design because this will serve as a badge for my studio and will take form as a personification of my art while retaining my cultural aesthetic. I chose a thunderbird for a multitude of reasons but being an American I wanted to honor and pay tribute to my nations native heritage.
An artist’s inspiration is extremely mercurial and at times difficult to define. Since artists’ inspiration manifests itself through nearly everything in their lives, it can be confusing to on-lookers as to what exactly inspired the artist to create such a piece. Artists go through “phases” in their creative journey and many variables contribute to the direction each “phase” takes. This is why many artists over the course of their lives change subject matter, color pallets, styles, mediums, and even frequency of works created. To see a lack in this is to see a shift in focus by the artist from growth to refinement. These two can help predict what kind of work you can expect from the artist in the near to far-distant future. All the while inspiration is taking different forms to pull the artist in one of these directions.
This section of the website is dedicated to be a form of documentation and analysis of these creative forces and to peer deeper into the beautiful chaos of the artist’s psyche. Just like the changing of the seasons and the shifting of artistic inspiration, this page will be updated to most accurately describe this subject as it relates to my thought process.
I claim to be no great psychologist but I do know best as to why I create the art I make. So please take that into consideration as you read onward and take what comes next with a grain of salt, knowing that opinions and beliefs are the rights of all free people and all have differences.
I believe Native American art and culture is more accurately the narrative of the Americas and its people than the adapted history and culture that came after. Timeless, yet so much has been lost or destroyed over time; this continent lacks an identity because of this and has tried to imitate other world cultures in pursuit to discover itself. If we do not know who we are and who we were we will never know who we were meant to become. This land is the common ancestor to the indigenous peoples, immigrants and Americana alike. I am not Native American but I love this land like they do. I am witness to its maverick majesty and fierce fighting spirit in its wild animals and its people.
I want my art to express this and help define what the American soul and American art is all about - the peace that we all seek and the struggle we endure to find it. I use this form of human expression as a way to commune with the past that was tragically lost, stolen, killed and as an effort to be apart of the resurgence and revolution of those values. There is something special about this place that the oldest ancestors knew and could feel in their bones.
I feel the Thunderbird is a powerful symbol of this philosophy. Faithful to heritage it embodies the true American Spirit and what it means to be from this land, to respect this land, and to respect its powerful native roots. I have learned through my travels across the North American continent from the Navajo Nation that the Thunderbird is a symbol for many phenomenon and is revered among their mythology and symbolizes life, truth, vigor and natural power. To me, personally, it represents endurance and perseverance which is the true indicator of one’s strength. I hope my art expresses these undertones and communicates the massive complexity of this great world culture that I am indirectly a product of, if not directly descendant from, while adding something new to its grandeur.