tech<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/abstract%2B24.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;"></p> <p>The Matthews Group proudly announces the opening of its latest art show featuring the paintings of Brendan O&rsquo;Connell. A significant collection of the artist&rsquo;s abstract works will be shown for the first time in Washington, CT. The exhibition opened on January 31st and will continue through the spring.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/Candyaisle96x60acryliconmasonitesold.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 308px;"></p> <p>Brendan O&rsquo;Connell is best known for his paintings of iconic brands and the aisles of Walmart. O&rsquo;Connell infuses these modern day environments with a magical quality that transforms both shoppers and products into art. It has been written about the artist that, &ldquo;his interests vary widely between popular culture and mystical traditions.&rdquo; His abstract work, the focus of this exhibition, makes a statement with bold palettes and strong composition.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/image009.jpg" style="width: 338px; height: 332px;"></p> <p>After graduating from Emory University, O&rsquo;Connell moved to Paris to teach languages and write a novel about artists. Once there, he picked up a pencil and discovered that he had a natural affinity and talent for drawing and painting. His artistic interpretation of the contemporary shopping experience has brought him much acclaim including a visit to Comedy Central&rsquo;s, &lsquo;The Colbert Report&rsquo;. O&rsquo;Connell&rsquo;s work is collected by celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Darrell Crate, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. In 2012 he was honored with a Rubin Foundation Award.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/IMG_1076.JPG" style="width: 324px; height: 432px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">The paintings of Brendan O&#39;Connell exhibited at The Matthews Group</p> <p>The abstracts in this collection are all available for sale. The individual paintings are stunning and they also make a strong statement when displayed as a group.</p> <p>Presently Brendan 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 the artist, click <a href="http://www.brendanoconnell.com/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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