Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryn McConnell.
Bryn, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
When I began college I was debating whether to major in Psychology or Fine Arts. But taking my first painting class revealed a patience I didn’t know I had. After that I was hooked, spending all my time in the Fine Arts department to the detriment of other subjects, including Psych 101! (I soon transferred to an Art School). Psychology remains my muse and my subconscious inspires and drives my paintings.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I paint. My process has extended into installation in the past but for now I am satisfied with the immediacy of painting. I make art as a means to express what I otherwise cannot. Internal questions drive my paintings. How to be a body? How to be a female body? How do I learn to socially navigate the world through this body? We are spirits and we land on earth in physical forms. I’m interested in how our physical forms showcase and house our spirits. Our spirits are boundless yet we must present ourselves and live in the world with boundaries. How do we hide our spirits, protect our spirits and how are our spirits revealed to others consciously or unconsciously? I’m interested in the energy our spirits create and how that escapes our grasp even as we try to perfect and shape and mold ourselves to our liking.
I paint from fashion magazines because style is about consciously constructing a very particular physical presence and projection. I paint from fashion magazines in a gestural, expressive way that I hope goes beyond the beautifully controlled form and expands out in a wild, free-wheeling, untamed energy that is closer to the authentic felt version of our spirits.
I hope that viewers may connect to the energy of the paintings and see beyond the depicted imagery of physical figures toward a glimpse of authentic spirit that is universally relatable and connects us no matter the construction of our form. Is this possible? This is my pursuit. I have a lifetime to try! 🙂
How can artists connect with other artists?
I found a chunk of my good artist friends through Graduate school at SVA in New York. Also, I met some close friends through going to a “Meetup” art book group. Also, yoga classes and my gym have been great ways to meet people. My advice would be to seek out community in all areas of your interest, art related or not. Or create your own community! Peter Doig inspired me with his FilmStudioClub which he hosted in Trinidad where he projected films once a week and made hand-painted posters to advertise.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a website, which is a work in progress. I also post casual studio shots and some of my paintings on Instagram. I have a solo exhibition in Brussels opening this month at Begramoff Gallery.
http://www.begramoff.com/exhibition/neon-shadows-bryn-mcconnell and a group exhibition planned in fall in New York. If anyone wants more information or to be updated on exhibitions they can e-mail me. I was also recently included in Art 511 Magazine’s “Top Ten NYC Artists Now” and you can read more here: http://art511mag.com/top-ten-nyc-artists/
- Address: New York
- Website: www.brynmcconnell.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brynmc/