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Brendan O’Connell
Georgia

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

At twenty-two I left Georgia and taught myself to draw and paint. I began exploring art of the everyday, first as a street artist in Paris, a caricaturist in front of Notre Dame and in the south of France. When I returned to the United States, I started doing paintings about America through Walmart. I'm interested in making art out of common environments that are representative of where we are as a culture. I spent ten years traveling and painting Walmarts and was profiled in the New Yorker and Sunday morning CBS, was a guest on the Colbert Show, and was featured in Time magazine. My current series continues exploring America during this period of transition, by painting ordinary people while couchsurfing through Airbnb.
I have also completed several commissions for universities, large publicly owned corporations, and privately owned companies.

http://www.brendanoconnell.com/

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