Meet the Artist: Jack Connelly

Jack Connelly Holding "My City Has Two Spirits"
Jack Connelly Holding "My City Has Two Spirits"

Jack Connelly is an established, self-taught artist from Houston, Texas, where he has been painting for over 40 years. Predominantly working in acrylic and oil paints, Connelly’s artistic styles are known for their detail and originality, and range from precise military and aviation to one-of-a-kind sci-fi and surreal pieces.

 

Inspiration for Connelly’s work emerges from a love of history, mechanics, past and future possibilities and a passion for visualizing his endless imagination. This wide array of influences has led to his paintings being put on display in the U.S.S. Wainwright Museum, The Benedict University of Chicago, Illinois as well as achieving awards from Sci-Fi Conventions and the Art Association Group.

 

Jack Connelly has participated in art festivals throughout Houston, “Wings over Houston” Air Shows and local art gallery displays. He hopes to use his talent to restore a sense of wonder and encourage  

One of Jack’s goals is to teach art classes again, has he had done for several years in the 1990’s through a local church/community organization. Jack feels that passing on his knowledge and skills to those who share his love for art is a way he is able to help others and inspire them to grow.

Art shows and Festivals that Jack has participated in over the past few decades include the Westheimer Art Festival, “Wings Over Houston” Air Shows, Sci-Fi Conventions, Jury-Based Art Contests, and the Bellaire Art Festival.

Currently, Jack’s art is likely to be found at the monthly First Saturday Arts Market in the Houston Heights; White Linen Night Event in August 2013, and the Houston Hot Sauce Festival in September 2013.

The most recent gallery that displayed his art was the “Blurred Edges Gallery” in Rosenberg, Texas, for around 7 months in late 2012 until June 2013.

 

Jack has received a total of 10 awards from Jury-Based Contests held at Sci-Fi Conventions, as well as the Christian Painting Award from the Art Association group.

Additionally, the U.S.S. Wainwright Museum has one of Jack’s military paintings on display in to add to the collection of relevant historical artifacts, information and decor. The Benedict University of Chicago, Illinois also purchased a piece of Jack’s artwork to display on the college campus grounds.

 

Through his work, Jack hopes to use his talents to help restore a sense of unity and wonder. He strongly believes that art is personal, spiritual, and unconfined; art is a limitless form of expression and interpretation, and can leave lasting impressions.

 

Magazine Excerpts of Jack Connelly's Art

Jack has been featured several times in a variety of aviation, history, and military magazines including Aviation HistoryWorld War II, and Private Pilot.

Aviation History Magazine
Aviation History Magazine
Military History Magazine
Military History Magazine
Private Pilot Magazine
Private Pilot Magazine
World War II Magazine
World War II Magazine