Art History of Brandon McConnell spray paint artist
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
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Hi, My name is Brandon McConnell. I was born in Chula Vista, Ca. on June 1st, 1976.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I would Doodle at my desk every chance I got. As I got into High school, I stared drawing comic book characters and was really surprised with what I could do with no special training. I won first place in an art contest In High School for one of my Ink and airbrush drawings. Then in 1999 I took a day trip to Tijuana Mexico, there I saw an artist on the sidewalk making beautiful paintings with spray paint. I was instantly amazed by the vibrant colors, interesting textures and speed at which he could create a painting. I knew this was something I had to try for myself. That day I bought four paintings by the artist and carefully studied his techniques for about an hour. A day later I had a bunch of cans of spray paint and the materials I needed and eagerly went to work trying to understand these new concepts of spray paint art. It was like nothing I had ever done. My first results were very muddy looking and not very good. With practice and determination I started to understand what needed to be done to get the results I wanted. In 2003 I started my website spacepaintings.com. There I began to sell my paintings, Instructional DVDs, and created a community of spray paint artists like myself.
To date my website has gotten over 480,000 Unique visitors and is the largest spray paint art community on the net with hundreds of members.
I have created many video clips of my art for www.youtube.com and www.metacafe.com which have been viewed Millions of times by people all over the world.This exposure has allowed me to quit my job of 10 years at the San Diego Zoo and create my own business as an artist.(Click on the links above to go to my archive of videos.)
I have appeared in the New York Times, Local Newspapers, and did a live demonstration for a local news station. I've Participated in the Paint the Box program for the city of Imperial Beach paint electrical boxes to beautify the neighborhood and give free live performances for the Boys and Girls club of Imperial Beach once a year.
In 2008 I was flown to Tokyo, Japan To appear on a variety TV show called "The Popular Law Firm" to perform my "1 Minute painting" and a few other examples of my art.
I recently was hired to do a spray paint art performance in Florida at the company picnic for the Kennedy Space Center. It was a huge success, selling over 50 paintings in 6 hours.
Spray paint art has opened up a whole new world for me and allows me to express my feelings and imagination. I am constantly learning new things and plan to continue to spray paint for as long as I can.
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