SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020

  • The Impromptu Iv Exhibit, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cape Cod, MA
  • Draw It On Paper, Vancouver Art Space, Vancouver, WA
  • 2020 SCNY Open Figuratively, Salmagundi Club, New york, NY
  • Night & Day, Local Project, Long Island City, NY
  • (DE)PICT, La Bodega, Brooklyn, NY
  • Creative Mosaic, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY
  • LIC-A @ Atlantic VI, New york, NY

2019

  • Off the wall, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Small Works, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
  • Creative Mosaic, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Greenpoint Gallery's People's Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dare Small, The Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Priority Mail, Mail Art Biennial, Brooklyn, NY
  • When Darkness Fall, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD Jurors Award
  • Borough5, Black Diamond Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Drink Me, Taste Me, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • LIC-A Members Showcase, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Untitled 1, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • Solo exhibition Faces: Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2018

  • Off the wall, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Painting in the 21st Century, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Greenpoint Gallery's People's Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Falling Forward, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • Allow me to Reintroduce Myself, Cigar Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • Yours, And Always Only Yours, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Winner LIC-A Postcard Show, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • LIC Arts Open Members Show, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Escape Velocity, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

Biography

I am a native of New Jersey, the son of special education teachers. At the age of 12, I began taking weekend lessons at a comic book drawing school in New Jersey and under the encouragement of my parents, I would spend my teenage years traveling to drawing and painting workshops in the New York Metro area. After two years at Sullivan County Community College art program and the unfortunate lost of my parents, I went to work for local advertising agencies to support myself. While my career progressed as a digital artist and multi-media programmer, drawing continued to be my passion and something that occupied a lot of my free time. In 2000, I moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan and took painting classes at the Education Alliance taught by Paul Lucchesi. Next, I learned the Frank Reilly method of painting at the Art Students League under the tutelage of Jack Faragasso. At the Grand Central Academy Atelier, I learned the art of portraiture from Scott Waddell and Joshua LaRock. Currently, I find meetups and workshops in New York to work on my craft and pursue my passion for painting and drawing.

I work in oils on canvas and charcoals in a representational style, although I do not try for a photo-realistic effect. I strive to create an image that grabs the viewer as a painting but clearly represents the subject and conveys a greater message that is seen from below the surface.

Contact me michael.j.connors at gmail.com