ABOUT THE BOOK
An important member of the Santa Fe art community during the 1970s up until his unexpected death, artist John Connell (1940–2009) is best known for the raw, earthen quality of his paper and wire sculptures and unconventional paintings.
The compassion and consciousness of Zen philosophies informed Connell’s organic approach to art-making. Utilizing the elemental—earth, straw, wood, paper, and tar—Connell’s sensibility spanned millennia and mixed European, American and Asian legacies into a highly charged hands-on hybrid. The artist’s first monograph surveys the evolution of Connell’s diverse career, including studio shots, selections from his sketchbooks, and a full chronology.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A legendary figure in the Santa Fe art community, John Connell (born 1940) was an American artist whose prolific career included creations in sculpture, painting, drawing, and writing up until his unexpected death in 2009. Connell attended Brown University (Providence, RI), the Art Students League of New York, and the New York University where he studied Chinese print making. He went on to be a part of the Santa Fe artist group Nerve and there gained a reputation for his large installations. Connell’s influences included Hokusai, Rembrandt, Balzac, Dante, Giacometti and De Kooning. Buddhism is strong a central theme throughout the body of work, and he has cited the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic as an archetype. His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth), Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), The Hess Collection (Napa Valley), among many others.