My photo-realistic depictions from everyday life emerge from an ‘argument’ between the illusionism of the image and the substrate of the paintings. When viewing paintings, the main focus is usually the representation created by the artist on a flat surface. Although my works have a familiar subject matter- the landscapes I experience every day- I intend that they go beyond the illusion of what I see to become both object and image at the same time. The success of my work lies not just in the quality of the representation, but in the moment the viewer’s attention strays away from seeing the image and into the concrete reality of all the components of the painting. In combining image and object I endeavour to convey the intense reality of small moments of daily life. On the one hand my works are hyper-ordinary, but at the same time, I hope, extraordinary. The ordinary - the quotidian, or even abject - is turned into something precious, even jewel-like, through hours of time and labour.
Examples of Work -
Mixed media on condom packet, 6 x 6 cm
Acrylic paint on crisp packet, 16.4 x 13 cm
Acrylic painted onto self made sheet of acrylic paint, 9 x 11.5 cm
Acrylic paint on beer mat
Bio - Conor graduated from Sheffield Hallam University 2014 and one of his degree pieces was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize. His photo realistic depictions of everyday life and landscape are painted in acrylic on found objects (crisp, cigarette and condom packets and beer mats). A dichotomy is produced as on the one hand the moments he depicts are hyper-ordinary but at the same time the paintings themselves are extra – ordinary, exquisitely, meticulously painted, almost jewel like. An intertwining dialogue between image and object is created as Conor paints the locations which convey the intense reality of everyday life. Conor has also had work exhibited in Sheffield (Millennium Gallery) and recently exhibited in Manchester and New York with Paper Gallery.
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