FROM ROOTS TO CELEBRATION OF THE NEW

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Connie Connally

Connie Connally

 
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Connie Connally

www.connieconnally.com

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Observation, Memory, Invention

 

My abstracted compositions depend on my close observation of nature.  I venture into places that inspire me with “eyes wide open.” I let the sounds and the smell of a place wash over me. I feel the power of its’ color and eye the unique shapes carved out over time. 

 

I strive for the totality of the experience, whether it is singular or multiple observations of a place. Memory plays an integral part back in my studio, layering my direct response to the landscape with my inner landscapes of invention and imagination. My painted surfaces have a life of their own; transcending nature.

 

 

 

(ESSAY ABOUT CONNIE CONNALLY'S PAINTINGS BY KEN MARVEL): 
KEN MARVEL, CO-OWNER LEWALLEN GALLERIES, SANTA FE, NM WRITES ABOUT CONNALLY’S WORK: 

 

 

 

Connie Connally paints stunning canvases of complex elegance, with imagery that merges harmoniously and nearly completely both representational reference and powerful abstraction. Connally’s poetic colorscapes, with their expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks and animated cadence, reflect the artist’s passion for distilling the essence of her observations of nature and situate her work as the vital interplay between memory and imagination. Her palette of organic color and calligraphic brushstroke combine to serve as imprint of the artist’s profound love of being in nature and the desire that her painting reflect both her exterior and interior experience of it. 

 

Citing Joan Mitchell as an important influence on her work, Connally employs exuberant, impassioned colors laid on her canvases in a pictorial strategy that teeters between the action painting of her abstract expressionist forebears and a more refined personal style that modulates the strokes and dabs that comprise her surfaces. Her layers of brushstroke read less as agitated ruptures and more like intuitive, sensual experiences rendered as prismatic atmospheres of color and tone. Rich, multilayered surfaces of color morph, coalesce and scatter in quietly energetic rhythms that evoke the experience of being surrounded by nature. 

 

Connally finds inspiration in the natural coastlines and verdure of California where she lives and works. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and is included in museum and private collections internationally. 

 
 

 
 

Portfolio

 
 
 
 

 
 

Biography

Education: 

 

MFA: Southern Methodist University 2002-2004

BFA: Wichita State University (Magna cum Laude) 1975

Oklahoma University 1970-73

 

Permanent Museum Collections:

 

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX

The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX 

The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX. 

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang, CA 

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

The American Kennel Club, NY,NY

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

 

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2017

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2016

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2011

Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2009

Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009

Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2008

McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2007

MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA 2007

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2006

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004

Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2002

McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX 2002

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001

Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 1999

The American Kennel Club, NY, NY 1999

Anasazi Gallery, Dallas, TX 1997

ERL Originals, Winston-Salem, NC 1997

Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX 1996

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

 

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA spring and summer 2018

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA fall 2019

George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2018

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang, CA 2018

The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA 2018

Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA spring and winter 2018

Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2017

Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA, 2017

Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2017

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015

McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2014

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2014

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2014

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2013

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2013

Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2013

Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA 2013

Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012

Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2012

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Ft. Worth, TX 2012

The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2011

Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Lincoln, NE 2011

Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA 2010

Hunting Art Prize, Houston, TX 2008

Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX 2007

ArtHouse at the Jones Center-AMOA, Austin, TX 2000-2014

Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA 2006

Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA 2006

Pollock Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS 2001

The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2001

Pleiades Gallery, NY, NY 2001

Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2001

McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2001

The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2000

Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2000

San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2000

Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2000

Loudoun House Gallery, Lexington, KY 2000

Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX 2000

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 1995-1999

 

Professional Experience:

 

1993,2000-2005 Adjunct Professor of Art, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

2002-2004 Teaching Assistant, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 

1988-1989 Adjunct Professor of Art, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX

2002 Guest Artist, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

2000 Creative Art Center, Dallas, TX