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John Connell

John's craggy sculptures are influenced by “wabi-sabi” (a Buddhist view centered on the acceptance of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete). Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, simplicity, modesty, intimacy and the suggestion of natural processes.

Initially, he used plaster-of-Paris for his creations, and later turned to tar, paper and wax in large figurative sculptures.  He also used bronze, cement, wood and chicken wire.


John was a contemporary American artist whose works included sculpture, painting, drawing and writing.  He attended Brown University, RI; the Art Students League, NY; and New York University.  In the 1970s to the 1990s he worked primarily in the Southwest, creating extremely large painted murals and charcoal drawings. 

Born in Atlanta, GA in 1940, John died in Mariaville, ME in 2009.

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