With Open Arms

Acrylic on wood panel


24″ x 36″

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Making art is how Michael McConnell makes sense of the world and his forgotten childhood. Observing his own anxieties and awkwardness, he creates visual narratives that examine loneliness, responsibility, and choice. In his work, the innocence and vulnerability of children and animals are constrained. The stories unfold in the space between memory and nostalgia, and focus on the tension between youth and maturity.

Michael was born in Michigan, where he used to watch squirrels from the front window. He studied art at the Columbus College of Art & Design, with an emphasis in lithography and painting. After graduating from CCAD, he packed up a U-Haul and drove across country to the Bay Area, where he now lives in San Francisco. In the past 17 years he hasn’t found a good reason to leave. Michael was represented by Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco for 10 years, but since their closure, he has been on the lookout for new gallery representation. In the meantime he has enjoyed showing with Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco, Marion and Rose’s Workshop in Oakland, and Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany. If not in his studio, you can find Michael drinking coffee at his shop in the Mission District, dancing, or playing light sabers with his family.

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