The exquisite topography of surface in the paintings of John O’Connell awakens within the viewer mankind’s deep primal connection with the natural world. The textured surfaces reveal the marks of their creation, and bear witness to an intensity that extends beyond the painted canvas. O’Connell’s imagery of insect forms and pods (these objects can just as easily be viewed as discarded husks) acknowledge the fullness of the life cycle, indeed the transience and delicate balance of existence.

The work of John O’Connell was featured in the Bill Lowe Gallery’s premiere exhibition “Ancestors: In Search of Source” held in Santa Monica in 2006. John O’Connell has exhibited throughout the United States, including a solo show held at the Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta in 2005, as well as solo exhibitions in Seattle and Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Connecticut and the Massachusetts College of Art; he has been a professor of art at the University of Utah, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Connecticut.

EDUCATION
1999
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

1995
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2005
University of Utah Faculty Exhibition, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah

2004
The 80th Spring Salon Exhibition, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2003
Art Equinox, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana

2003
The 79th Spring Salon Exhibition, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2001
The Brookes Museum Perspectives Exhibit, The Brooks Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

2000
Millennium: New Acquisitions, The William Benton Museum of Art, Mansfield, Connecticut

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006
Untitled Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2005
Untitled Solo Exhibition, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2005
Deeper Solo Exhibition, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2004
New Work Solo Exhibition, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2004
Transfigurations, Absolute Art Gallery, San Marino, California

2003 Global Artlook, 2003 International. Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California

2000 Abstraction II International, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2004
Fall Introduction Exhibition , Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

2004
New Abstraction, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2003 Collective Views, A Group Exhibition, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio

2001
Switch Yard, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

1999
Art at The End of The Millennium, The William Benton Museum of Art, Mansfield, Connecticut

NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2004
2004 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, Florida

2003
BACA 19th Annual National Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California

2003 Northern National Competition, Nicholet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

2003 Giradot National Exhibition, Arts Council of Missouri, Cape Giradeau, Missouri

2003
16th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Cultural Center, Mableton, Georgia

2003 3rd Annual Plein Air Competition, Kathleen Royster Gallery, Helper, Utah

2002
Utah 2002, Painting and Sculpture, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah

2001 Visual Arts Alliance, Watkins Institute of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

2000
The 43rd Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

2000
2000 Positive/ Negative, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2002
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

1999-02
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

1997-99
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

AWARDS

2005
Creative research Grant, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

2004
The Spring Salon Exhibition, Award of Merit Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2003
The Spring Salon Exhibition ,Award of Merit Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2002
Utah Arts Council, Utah 2002, Best of Show Award, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah

2000
The 43rd Annual Delta Exhibition, Purchase Award, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

PUBLICATIONS

2004
Exhibition Catalogue, The 80th Spring Salon Exhibition, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2004
Deseret News, Exhibition Review, The 80th Spring Salon, Salt Lake City, Utah

2003
Exhibition Catalogue, The79th Spring Salon Exhibition , Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2003
Exhibition Catalogue, Art Equinox, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana

2003
Exhibitions Catalogue, 16th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Cultural Center, Mableton, Georgia

2003
Curator/Catalogue, Emerging Artists 03, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Tennessee

2002
Deseret News, Exhibition Review, The Utah 2002, Painting and Sculpture, Salt Lake City, Utah

2002
Curator/Catalogue, Emerging Artists 02, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Tennessee

2002
Exhibition Catalogue, Utah 2002, Painting and Sculpture, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah

2002 Curator, Annual Awards Show, Watkins Institute of Art, Nashville, Tennessee
 

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