Carroll Sockwell (1943–1992) was an American artist whose nonrepresentational drawings, paintings, and assemblages drew on both classical modernist and minimalist traditions and showed an triumph to fuse geometric subsequently gestural abstraction. He was known for his achievement to introduce nuances of color and beat in bare and easy pictorial themes.
Difficult to label, his produce a result was seen as paradoxical: "elegant and anguished, somber and nevertheless playful, rigorous still free." Throughout his career, he faced challenges that were more than his rule and seemed, as one observer said, to be "an performer who by birth, temperament and timing started out carrying a unventilated load." Nonetheless, he also seemed to be his own worst enemy, disregarding the necessity of earning a booming and alienating those who tried to back him.