Michael McConnell, a Michigan native, studied printmaking at Columbus College of Art and Design. After graduating from CCAD, he drove across country to the Bay Area, and has made a home in San Francisco. Creating art is how McConnell makes sense of the world and his forgotten childhood. In observing his own anxieties and awkwardness, he creates visual narratives that examine loneliness, responsibility, and choice.
In his work, the innocence and vulnerability of children and animals is constrained. The stories unfold in the space between memory and nostalgia, and focus on the tension between youth and maturity. McConnell is represented by Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco, and has shown nationally in Nashville, Santa Fe and New York City to name a few.