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When Pinkney Herbert, of Marshall Arts Gallery, visited Travis Carrier's New York studio last summer, he was struck by the talent of the young painter. Travis is the son of celebrated Memphis restaurateur Karen Carrier. He grew up in Memphis and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2010 with a BFA in painting. He now lives in the Willliamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and keeps a studio in nearby Bushwick.

Herbert — who nutured his own artistic skills in that very same Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1980s — was delighted to give Carrier an opportunity to show his work in his hometown. Carrier is joined by Andy Pomykalski, a friend from RISD with a similar artistic vision and style.

"I loved the mystery captured in Travis' oil paintings, and the magical quality of his figures and landscapes. There is a disciplined maturity to his technique," Herbert says.

For "Pretty Young Thing," Carrier and Pomykalski journey into the modern subconscious, portraying fantasy and reality as one and the same. Carrier describes his dream-like work as "new age," with strong elements of realism and established archetypes filtered through each artist's unique perspective.

"We are exploring the inner psyche and paranormal reality of today's world through painting. There are also elements of self-reflective narrative throughout the show," Carrier says.

Opening reception for "Pretty Young Thing: New Paintings by Travis Carrier and Andy Pomykalski" at Marshall Arts Gallery is Friday, March 23rd, from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through April 15th.

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