Home remains a big part of David Connolly’s art
Brigus-born painter loves to highlight Newfoundland architecture in photo-realistic work
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.