John Carroll Doyle, Artist

Charleston Artist - John Carroll Doyle

John Carroll Doyle was born December 22, 1942 in Charleston, SC and is internationally recognized for his energetic, light filled paintings of subjects as diverse as blues musicians, blue marlins, and blue hydrangeas.  Sadly Mr. Doyle left this earth on November 12, 2014 at the young age of 71. The artist got his start with his distinctive sport fishing paintings which began to grace the covers of many popular sport fishing magazines in the 1980’s. 

He continued to build momentum throughout the 1980’s and the 1990’s with his now famous, commissioned, large scale paintings that can be seen gracing the walls of many of Charleston restaurants and historic homes, as well as clubs, resorts, and restaurants as far afield as Illinois, California, Virginia, and Australia.

Over the course of his four decade long career, John became a seasoned, American Impressionist whose muse was always Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry.  From wildlife to still life, John Doyle painted with a passion and understanding that makes it hard to believe he was self-taught.

Doyle claimed as his "teachers" the wooden boats at the Charleston Yacht Basin, lavender shadows on Charleston stucco, and the coastal sunlight that floods this city year-round. In 1997, the artist completed an autobiography titled John Carroll Doyle: Portrait of a Charleston Artist. Lavishly illustrated with color reproductions of the artist's work and vintage black and white photographs of Charleston from the 1940’s and 1950’s, the book tells not only the story of Doyle's development as an artist, but also the transformation of Charleston from a sleepy town to a bustling tourist destination.  He also published two photography books dedicated to the beauty of women.

In 2008, the John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery moved around the corner from its famous 54 Broad Street location to 125 Church Street, where the gallery now displays his original oils, photography, and over 100 high quality canvas reproductions.