Art is my subject, and photographs can be great art, like the two that were my sources here . Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) did do an "amazing job" (Trump) when he was alive. A fugitive
slave who became a great orator and a leading abolitionist, he critically urged Lincoln on Emancipation and then recruited former slaves to fight bravely for the Union cause, (insisting they get equal pay).
These two remind us to remain "indivisible" especially when democracy is in danger.
A new book about my painting is now available at the special price of $30 here on my website. I’m especially proud that Irving Sandler, widely esteemed as the dean of American art
critics and historians, introduces it with an eloquent Foreword. I’ve added commentary on the seventy paintings, and the wonderful artists who inspired them. I hope you enjoy it.
The Docent Series. When I realized Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring looked like a museum docent eager to share something wonderful with us, I decided
she would be the ideal guide on a tour of the world's museums.
The Art Lover Series. When I saw the disciple's astonishment at seeing the risen Christ in Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus, I thought, "that's the kind of
reaction I'd like to get to my art." So I decided to take him on a tour of contemporary art, including the art of cinema. He finds it all quite wonderful.
Masters in Pieces.
Famous paintings hang together in museums. What happens after midnight? Might characters come to life, stepping out of their frames to join their neighbors in a new, imaginary museum? I call them Masters in
The Haunted Studio. This series is an homage to the
extraordinary artists in whose intimidating shadow I work and play. Beginning with self-portraits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cezanne, and others, it now expands to include familiar faces from famous paintings,
saints, cardinals, popes, kings and just ordinary people.
The Critters. When I painted a little still-life of two stuffed animals apparently in conversation, friends began to present me with their children's cast-off
critters. A series about new friends and tolerance for outsiders was born.
Russell Connor - a new video by
Nitin Madan, for element6arts (8 min.)
"Russell Connor takes works of art I know and love and marries them to others I know and love, and the offspring of these marriages populate my mind with wit and insight. His art makes
me see what I never saw before. I love it." - Alan Alda
Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while.” - Eric P. Nash, The New York Times (
read complete review )