I was working on a self-portrait on election night, trying to
capture my stupefied look as the results came in. Looks a little French; I did suddenly feel like a foreigner
in my own country. My art history 'variations' will continue, but it seems important to record our disaster in
a new series, beginning with teaching the President about Frederick Douglass.....
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.
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 )