TAC Featured Artist: David Conn
January 9 - March 28, 2015
Juror's Choice Award winner David Conn is an artist and Emeritus Professor of Art at TCU. He grew up in New Jersey and attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, the Maryland institute College of Art, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts.
At the Maryland Institute, he was awarded a Ford Fellowship. In 1984 he was awarded a National endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship for Printmaking, Drawing and Artist Books.
His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions in the United States, Central and South America, Japan, England and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Modern Museum of Art, San Paulo, Brazil and the Bureau of Art Exhibitions, Lodz, Poland, as well as Southwestern Bell, GTE Corporation, American Airlines, TCU, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Dallas, University of Texas at Tyler, University of Wisconsin, and other public, private, and university collections.
In recent years David Conn has made linocuts of dense forest scenes. His work arises from a deep inner connection between nature and the human psyche. Using black ink on creamy white paper, he creates images of trees and tangled underbrush that alternate with dappled or streaming sunlight.
During residencies in 2010 at the Arp Foundation in Switzerland and the European Art Academy in Trier, Germany, Conn began to experiment with work on a large scale. He translated his subject matter into large paintings and works on paper. The direction he is taking now focuses on images of cascading water. When viewed from a distance, the images are alive with pictorial clarity. Up close, the surface teems with abstract shapes. Conn’s acclaimed work evokes timeless memories of walking through woods that resonate with our primal past.
Further information, including images and a complete CV, is available on his website, shawstreetstudio.com.