The Matthews Group proudly announces the opening of its latest art show featuring the paintings of Brendan O’Connell. A significant collection of the artist’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.
Brendan O’Connell is best known for his paintings of iconic brands and the aisles of Walmart. O’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, “his interests vary widely between popular culture and mystical traditions.” His abstract work, the focus of this exhibition, makes a statement with bold palettes and strong composition.
After graduating from Emory University, O’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’s, ‘The Colbert Report’. O’Connell’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.
The paintings of Brendan O'Connell exhibited at The Matthews Group
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.
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 here.