ABOUT THE ARTIST

Brendan O'Connell was raised in Tucker, Ga and educated in parochial schools. Summers he spent in Europe learning languages as an exchange student. After graduating from Emory University with degrees in Philosophy and Spanish literature, he moved to Paris to teach languages and write a novel about painters. At twenty-two he picked up a pencil and discovered an innate ability to draw and paint. Six months later he quit his language-teaching job to devote himself to painting.

A British painter invited O'Connell to live in his castle in the south of France. There he spent a couple of winters alone, painting and thinking. In the summers he earned a living doing portraits and caricatures in the street in front of Notre Dame and in the south of France, an arduous task that increased his skill and deepened his commitment to personal expression. By nature O'Connell is a colorist. His work ranges from abstract expressionistic to photo based paintings. His interests rove widely between popular culture and mystical traditions.

Inspired by the iconic American painters, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper, after an arts education in Europe, O'Connell returned home to paint America. For the past seven years, among other projects, he has been executing paintings about Walmart, the quintessential contemporary shopping experience.

He is one of the founding partners of everyartist.me whose purpose is to spark next generation creativity. In 2013 everyartist.me will launch a national art event.

Presently he works out of a barn in rural Connecticut where he lives with his wife, landscape painter, Emily Buchanan, and their two children.

To read more about Brendan and his work, check out "Conversation" an interview conducted by
actor Alec Baldwin.


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Emory University, B.A. Philosophy, and B.A. Spanish
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian

EXHIBITIONS
2012 Tremaine Gallery Hotchkiss, Lakeville Ct
2010 Lamontagne Gallery Boston, Ma
2009 "I want Candy." Fresno Met
2008 "I want Candy" Hudson River Museum
2008 Refined Nest Gallery Shanghai
2007 Artcore Gallery Toronto
2006 Morgan Lehman Gallery NY
2005 Gallery 63 Eleven Seattle, Wa
2004 Michael Steinberg Summer Show
Scope Art Fair New York
2004 Miami Art Fair
2003 Morgan-Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT
2002 Morgan-Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT
2002 Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NY
2001 Reinike Gallery, Atlanta. Solo: Oils
1999 Markham-Murray, NY. Solo: Oils
1999 Hartnett-Murray, NY. Group: pastels.
John 23 Bergesen 16 Gallery, NY. Solo: oils.
29 Rue Courtejaire, Carcassonne. Solo: drawings and oils.
Galeria Martano, Torino, Italy. Group: oil paintings
29 Rue Courtejaire, Carcassonne. Solo: drawings and oils.
1994 699 11th Street, Atlanta. Solo: oils.

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Wa.
The JBG Companies, Washington, D.C.
David Passick Entertainment (NY),
Blue Ridge Capital, New York
Proxima Centauri Ltd, Torino, Italy
Mobile Ops Jackson Hole Wy

PUBLICATIONS
Boston Globe September 26 2010
Litchfield County Times May 2008
Art in America October 2006
The Artful Mind 2004
The Compass 2003
Atlanta Journal Constitution May 2001
Flash Art Dec 1999
Georgia Bulletin 1995

AWARDS AND GRANTS
Eben Demarest Trust winner 2003
Martha Boscen Porter Grant 2008
Rubin Foundation 2012