Grant McConnell, "Heavy Input," 2003, mixed media on paper, 9 3/4" x 14".
SASKATCHEWAN: Recent Works, Oct 30-Nov 18, 2004, Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon
By Kristin Linklater
A strong sense of history permeates an exhibition of new works by Saskatoon artist Grant McConnell. Historical influences are evident in both subject matter and style. “My works are all to some extent historically based, largely in reference to Canadian settlement,” says McConnell. Inspired by literature and his own travelling experiences, and supported by his knowledge of and keen interest in Canadian history, his pieces reflect such themes as animal life, land and development, and architecture. Large-scale acrylic paintings demonstrate an influence of 19th and 20th century Canadian and European painting, thus bringing form and content together. Viewers will undoubtedly recognize the stories McConnell is sharing, given greater impact by the colour and composition he chooses. Though he is primarily known as a painter, this exhibit will also include mixed media work on paper and one work in bronze.
Represented by: Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB; Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK.