Home re­mains a big part of David Con­nolly’s art

Bri­gus-born painter loves to high­light New­found­land ar­chi­tec­ture in photo-re­al­is­tic work

The Compass - - News - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A painter orig­i­nally from Bri­gus is bring­ing his art back to the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion with a new ex­hi­bi­tion in Car­bon­ear.

David Con­nolly, who went to Toronto at the age of 19 to see a David Bowie con­cert and has re­mained there ever since, will be the sub­ject of “Relics,” a new ex­hi­bi­tion of his work at Ocean View Art Gallery. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs July 27-Aug. 6, with an open­ing re­cep­tion sched­uled for Fri­day, July 27 from 7-10 p.m.

He had an in­ter­est in art dur­ing his youth, but that was put aside for most of his adult life. Upon tak­ing an early re­tire­ment 14 years ago, a col­league of­fered Con­nolly a part­ing gift in the form of a course at the Toronto School of Art and gift cer­tifi­cates for art sup­plies.

“Much to my sur­prise, I found out that I’d been learn­ing all along,” he told The Com­pass the day be­fore he boarded a flight for New­found­land. “I guess it’s just a mat­ter of how you train your mind.”

His art prac­tice has be­come more se­ri­ous over the last decade. Con­nolly es­ti­mates he’s com­plete over 500 paint­ings, with the vast ma­jor­ity of those David Con­nolly rou­tinely draws upon New­found­land ar­chi­tec­ture for his paint­ings.

sell­ing. His work has ap­peared in a va­ri­ety of shows and ex­hi­bi­tions in Toronto and New­found­land.

“I al­ways paint New­found­land,” he said, mak­ing note of his strong ap­pre­ci­a­tion for New­found­land ar­chi­tec­ture as de­picted in fish­ing stages and old salt­box homes.

“I go down there three times a year be­cause I have a house in Bri­gus. When I’m there, I’m al­ways look­ing for my next sub­jects.”

Con­nolly tends to use acrylic paint on can­vas to cre­ate pho­to­re­al­is­tic works of art. He takes pho­tographs wher­ever he’s out and about, then selects the best im­ages to use as in­spi­ra­tion for his paint­ings.

“I re­ally need to work in a stu­dio David Con­nolly’s ex­hi­bi­tion “Relics” opens at Ocean View Art Gallery in Car­bon­ear Fri­day, July 27. Long-for­got­ten an­tique ve­hi­cles in Ari­zona have served as the in­spi­ra­tion for sev­eral works of art by David Con­nolly.

from pho­tographs, be­cause you can’t re­ally paint out­side with acrylic. It dries too fast.”

In ad­di­tion to paint­ings high­light­ing the vis­ual splen­dor of ru­ral New­found­land, “Relics” will fea­ture a num­ber of paint­ings of old ve­hi­cles in­spired by his yearly vis­its to Ari­zona, as well as paints of dead flow­ers.


David Con­nolly is a Toronto-based artist orig­i­nally from Bri­gus. He still owns a home in the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity and re­turns there on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

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