Vanessa McConnell, Untitled, acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, 28 x 18.5 x 1 inches, year unknown. courtesy of the artist and ECF Art Centers
Vanessa McConnell, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18.5 x 2.5 inches, 2018. courtesy of the artist and ECF Art Centers
Vanessa McConnell, Untitled, molded acrylic, 23 x 6 x 2.5 inches, year unknown. courtesy of the artist and ECF Art CentersPic 20211004_110250...
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Vanessa McConnell, featuring a selection of recent paintings and works on paper. McConnell’s paintings are characterized by their thick impasto surfaces, intense colors and decisive brushstrokes. The artist experiments with a range of tones and techniques, including masking, acrylics and watercolors and, sometimes, found objects, often working on a single painting for months at a time. During her labor-intensive process, McConnell adds multiple layers of acrylic paint to develop densely textured and pigmented compositions. The bold aesthetic of McConnell’s work is also, in part, determined by the physical limits of her medium, as the artist continues to use her brushes until they are too heavy with paint to be manipulated. The dramatic, expressive nature of her mark-making, which sometimes leads to tears and rips in the paper, evinces the artist’s powerful compulsion to paint.