22 Jan Art Fair Fridays – John MacConnell
It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.
Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible talent of John MacConnell, whose works are soft and romantic but also sensual and provoking…a little melancholy, but also filled with joyful optimism. With a portfolio comprised of drawings, sketches and watercolour, MacConnell showcases his subjects in a way that feels rooted in reality, but also subject to a dash of fantasy.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I’ve been lucky to have been creating art professionally for eight years. It hasn’t always put a roof over my head, but the commitment to making new work through the slow times, combined with some great advice from friends, has gotten me to where I am today. Never putting down my pencil, through the slow times, has allowed my work to evolve and meet lots of great folks that make a supportive community now.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
Find a way to put yourself into every piece.
How would you describe your creative process?
(Step 1) Spend months observing, until one night I…
(Step 2) Blast pop jams + open a bottle of wine. Then,
(Step 3) I spend three hours hating what I’m doing, thinking I’ve lost “it.” Finally,
(Step 4) I spend one hour pulling all together to beautifulness. Depending on the scale of the project, I
(Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 over two to four weeks.
What is your favourite medium to work in?
Graphite powder & pencil on Rives BFK, the paper of the gods.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
The opening night of my first New York City gallery show made me feel like a rockstar.
How would you describe your signature style?
Classic, minimal, intimate.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
Instagram! It’s vast galaxy of fashion; artists; pop culture; dancers, athletes, models, “models,” & go-go boys; kittens; memes; and trash. Human interaction is the core of my work. Instagram provides so much to observe and absorb!
What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
I put a lot of thought into each body of work. It takes me months to conceptualize a project. I want to make work that makes the audience have a mental and physical reaction. I like thinking the art I’m creating right now leaves the viewer both excited but a little melancholy, like the rush of finishing your first marathon, then thinking, “what now?”
No. 1 Autoban – Woody Armchair – Price Upon Request
No. 2 Ralph Lauren Home – Trevor Votive – $50.00
No. 3 Calico Wallpaper – Inverted Spaces Corona – Price Upon Request
No. 4 ABE Books – Andy Warhol Men: 30 Postcards – $158.62
No. 5 Nate Berkus – Black Faux Fur Throw – $13.98
No. 6 Kelly Wearstler – Burnished Bronze Foot Paperweight – $350.00
No. 7 Burberry – Animal Jacquard Cashmere Cushion Cover – $900.00
No. 8 John MacConnell – Boys Boys Boys Tank – $72.00
No. 9 Egon, Von Furstenberg – The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men Hardcover – $276.80
I love nudes…plain and simple. And though I tend to gravitate more towards female renderings, every once and while an artist comes along who makes me want naked boys everywhere. Cue John MacConnell, whose beautiful works capture the essence of each muse in way that feels intimate and raw.
Handsome as all get out.