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Annika Connor

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Annika Connor
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Annika Connor (2017)
BornAtlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican/Swedish
EducationSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
StyleContemporary Romanticism
Websiteannikaconnor.com

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Annika Connor is a Swedish-American painter who describes her style as contemporary Romantic.[1][2][3] She lives in New York City.[4]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Connor spent her early years in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was born, and Sweden. She stated that she has been drawing and painting since she was a child.[2] In high school, Connor attended classes at the Atlanta College of Art. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree with a concentration in painting and philosophy in 2002.[citation needed] Connor moved to New York City after her graduation and lived in London, England, from 2003 to 2004, where she "spent years cultivating a reputation as a philanthropist, feminist, fashion icon and muse", along with becoming a painter who has had four solo gallery shows, as well as group exhibitions of her work.[5][1]

Work[edit | edit source]

Watercolor was her medium of choice for several years until she rediscovered her love of oil paint after spending time at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm.[4] The interiors, landscapes, and figures that populate her work seek to capture beauty in all forms. Connor focuses on colors, details, and patterns when painting.[2] Swedish fairy tales, dream imagery, and romantic settings like palaces inform the content of her paintings.[1] Birds, reminiscent of the watercolors in John James Audobon's Birds of America are also a motif in Connor's paintings, ranging in size up to 4.5 by 6 ft (1.4 by 1.8 m).[1]

Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

  • 2011 Tuxedo Park, Bungalow 5 furniture store, New York City[6]
  • 2013 The Hitchcock Kiss, QF Gallery, East Hampton, New York[7]
  • 2014 Dawn to Decadence, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, New York City[citation needed]
  • 2015 Flora/Fauna, The Untitled Space, New York City[8][9]

Honors[edit | edit source]

  • Grumbacher Gold Medallion Painting Prize[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sancken, Kristin (June 25, 2015), "Meet Annika Connor, the Art World's 'Socialite Realist'", Highbrow Magazine
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Annika Connor: Contemporary Romantic Painter". The Art Career Project. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. Harris, Malcolm. "Women in Art: 5 Rising Art Stars". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ekstrand, Anna Mikaela. "Interview with Annika Connor: Painting for Protest and Acting for Activicism". Culturebytes. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. Martinez, Jamie. "Interview and Studio Visit with Annika Connor". Arte Fuse. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. "Tuxedo Park: A solo show of paintings by artist Annika Connor at Bungalow 5 in New York", conteart.com, November 14, 2011
  7. Zimmer, Lori. "June 2013: Annika Connor at QF Gallery". Whitehot Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  8. Flora/Fauna; An Exhibition by Annika Connor; Curated by Indira Cesarine, Newy York, NY: The Untitled Space
  9. Ayala, Jesse (May 27, 2015), Date Night with Flora, Fauna and Annika? [includes video "A Portrait of a Romantic"]


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