Curran Gallery originally started on Isle of Palms SC in 2001 and eventually moved shop to downtown Charleston in 2003. At the end of 2009 they closed the bricks and mortar, but are still active. Curran Gallery features work by Carol Ann Curran (Mother) and Kevin Curran (Son) Please see bios below.
• KEVIN CURRAN
Kevin Curran has always been an artist. His family has a rich history in art. All of his grandparents had artistic abilities, and his maternal grandparents even met while attending the same art school. His mother Carol Ann Curran is a well known professional artist. Given these surroundings Kevin was able to have plenty of fun playing with countless art media from the time he could hold a pencil in his hands.
During his high school years, Curran found serious interest in art which led him straight to the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During his college career, he was one of the few chosen out of several hundred applicants to show a piece at the NYC Art Directors Club, which was also featured in Print Magazine.
After graduating with a bachelor degree of fine arts, Curran moved to Charleston, SC. He then went into the printing field where he became an art director. During the next seven years, he won several design competitions for graphic design and illustration, while he continued with commissioned fine art paintings on the side.
With demand for his work growing, Curran opened Curran's Beach House Gallery on the Isle of Palms, in December 2000. This location was a great inspiration for his piece titled "Essence Of The Island", which won the competition to be the official poster of the Isle Of Palms, commemorating their 50th anniversary.
Kevin then moved what became The Curran Gallery to Downtown Charleston. Shortly after the move Kevin won the purchase award for his painting commemorating the Historic Coast Guard MSO Building, which is available in prints. He was also chosen by the Historic Charleston Foundation to paint the portrait of Hannah Axelman, who was the first woman lawyer in Charleston County. This portrait displays in the library of the Charleston County Courthouse. Curran Gallery closed it's downtown location in 2010, and Kevin and Carol Ann's work is now available online at CurranGallery.com
Kevin’s graphic design & promotional products business, Charleston Graphics, LLC is a fluid integration with his painting career. His graphic design customers often refer to him as Kevin The Artist, or even K.T.A. which inspired www.KevinTheArtist.com
. Kevin's label design for the FireFly Vodka product line has become a major part of his graphic design portfolio. FireFly Sweet Tea Vodka has gained international popularity for it's taste, Kevin's unique label design, and his designs for their advertising campaigns. The newest edition to Kevin's label designs is "Travis Hasse's Pie Liqueurs," or www.DrinkPie.com
which is now a growing product sold in most states.
Kevin resides in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with his lovely wife and two little boys.
• CAROL ANN CURRAN
Internationally celebrated artist Carol Ann Curran began her career at the early age of eleven when her talents were awarded with a painting scholarship from Monclair Art Museum in New Jersey. She formally studied fine arts at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, and upon graduation began working for Norcross Inc., Greeting Card Company.
Carol Ann later illustrated a newspaper column and children's stories, as well as advertising spots. She turned to painting professionally in 1973, often painting children in natural landscapes. Many of these paintings have been printed and distributed throughout the United States. Since 1986 Carol Ann's posters and prints, published by Modern Art Editions, have been recognized worldwide. Her pieces have been featured in New York, Atlanta, and London in Art Expo.
Carol Ann's recent paintings depict scenery and popular venues in the Lowcountry and falls and creeks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She and her husband Paul and Abby (their lively labrador retriever) live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.