Painting allows me to extravagantly spend Monopoly money developing my progress. Head scratchings and revelations keep my funds flush. I’m a lucky parent experiencing many successes and failures as the painting guides me with its needs. I delight in making things. I build cradled wood panels to paint on. The hard surface allows me to aggressively work back into the paint. My process uses single edge razor blades to draw and scrape into the painting with almost the same degree it does applying paint with a brush. I use paint in a collage-like way cutting out shapes. The shapes convert the history I’ve put in the painting into a new conversation. I observe constantly with the eyes of a kitten. Nature is the main course of my visual diet. I paint intuitively but my former career as an illustrator unavoidably finds its way into my compositions. My memories and influences become my harvest.

STATEMENT

BIO

After graduating from MICA in 1975, Mike McConnell worked for over 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for most of the excellent design firms and advertising agencies in

the Baltimore and Washington area. His illustrations have been included in multiple

design magazines including Print’s Regional Design Awards, The Society of Illustrators

Annual, and HOW Magazine’s Annual. In the Fall of 2012, he made a commitment to

focus exclusively on fine art. In December 2015 Mike moved his studio from his bucolic

Northern Baltimore County home where he has worked his entire career to The Motor

House in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore City.

 

Mike is a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Artist Award winner and the 1st Place:

President’s Best of Show winner of the 2016 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Exhibit.

CV

EDUCATION

1975

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Bachelor of Fine Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Upcoming, Cutting Into Art, UMUC Arts Program Gallery, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD, November 18, 2017 - February 18, 2018

 

Upcoming, Elsewhere, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, April 29 - June 10, 2017

 

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, March 10 - May 5 2017

 

California, Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery

2016

Crayons, Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD

 

Baltimore County Arts Guild, Baltimore, MD

2015

Flip Side, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA

 

Pentimento, School 33 Arts Center Members Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2013

University of Baltimore Student Center Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD

SELECTED

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Upcoming: Bethesda Painting Awards Finalist Exhibition, Juried by Don Kimes, Trace Miller and Dr. Cole Welter, Bethesda, MD, June 7 - July 1, 2017

2016

Art Maryland 2016, Juried by Christopher Bedford, Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD

 

MAP's 35th Annual Exhibition

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

 

3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit, College Park, MD

 

Second Annual Athenaeum Invitational, Athenaeum Gallery, Juried by Twig Murray, Alexandria, VA

 

Maryland Artist Registry Juried Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

 

Art in Motion: The 25th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD

2015

The Athenaeum Invitational, Athenaeum Gallery, Juried by Twig Murray, Alexandria, VA

 

Hamilton Street Club, Two Person Show, Baltimore, MD

 

Spatial Conversations, Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Two Person Show, Baltimore, MD

2014

B¡NGO, Platform Gallery First Annual Juried Exhibition, Juried by Deana Haggag, Stewart Watson, and Cara Ober, Baltimore, MD

 

57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Juried by Jerry Saltz, Chautauqua, NY

 

Transformations: From One Thing to Another, McLean Project for the Arts,  Juried by Jack Rasmussen, McLean, VA

2013

2nd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit, College Park, MD

AWARDS

2017

13th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards Finalist

2016

1st Place: President's Best of show Award

3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit

 

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award

 

2014

Best in Show, Lotta Art, School 33 Art Center

 

Juror's Honorable Mention, 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Juried by Jerry Saltz