Uninhibited Style

“I have appreciated and enjoyed art all my life …” - from the artist

Australia - my way . 90 cm (h) x 120 cm (w). Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018.

Australia - my way. 90 cm (h) x 120 cm (w). Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018.

I was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1946 but have been living in Brisbane for over twenty years. I have appreciated and enjoyed art all my life but never painted seriously.

Black Forest . 60 cm x 50 cm. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018.

Black Forest. 60 cm x 50 cm. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018.

In November 2014 I decided to join a local art group. It wasn’t a class for art instruction but a meeting of talented artists that were led by a known professional artist providing an environment of encouragement, development and guidance. In the beginning my art was naive,  but I kept working on technique. I attended every Wednesday and I also wrote a book about the first 52 weeks of discovery (some 120,000 words). At the start of 2016 art discovered me and I found my own style (abstract expressionism).

Seeking the Light . 60 cm x 50 cm. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018

Seeking the Light. 60 cm x 50 cm. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 2018

Around about the same time I was fortunate to be taken aside by one of New Zealand’s foremost supporter of the arts, Paul Dallimore CSO.  Paul has spent a lifetime supporting and encouraging emerging artists in New Zealand.  He liked the raw individuality in my work and encouraged me to move from painting small works, and paint big canvasses.  I took his advice.

Sentinels . 170 cm (h) x 140 cm (w). Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. Painted during 2017.

Sentinels. 170 cm (h) x 140 cm (w). Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. Painted during 2017.

Since then I have developed my own fluid, uninhibited style. I have never been a man bound by rules or tradition, and so it is with my paintings. I like the freedom to paint what is in my heart, mind and soul. I currently have about two hundred completed paintings and at least half of these are large works.  Last year I started an Instagram gallery and currently I have over 3000 followers.

Summer Daze.  170 cm (h) x 140 cm (w) acrylic on un-stretched canvas. Painted 2017.

Summer Daze. 170 cm (h) x 140 cm (w) acrylic on un-stretched canvas. Painted 2017.

I have been invited to exhibit at Perspectives 2016 in Trieste, Colorida Galerie de Arte in Lisbon, and  Brick Lane Gallery in London. I have participated in competitions in Italy, Luxembourg, London, and Australia. I have paintings in private collections in London, New Zealand, and Melbourne. I will be having a solo exhibition at the Butter Factory Art Gallery on the Sunshine Coast, Australia next year.

To view more of the artist’s work, please visit www.ricconnors.com.au. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @ricconners_art.


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