James Connor was born in the shadow of the steel mills of Northern Indiana but currently resides in the Southern Indiana Hills in Brown County, IN. He was not trained at an expensive art school; rather he worked for years on steel as a structural Iron worker across the United States constructing bridges, skyscrapers, airline hangers, and more. In many ways, you can see the large bridge and skyscraper jobs he created as structural art on a very large scale. James says, “I have always considered the work I have done in the past, to be no different than the large scale sculptures I have produced for the town of Nashville, the Traditional Arts of Indiana Museum, many Indiana business, and myriads of customers for their private collections.” James uses primarily only Indiana native minerals, stone, steel and recycled material, and Indiana and its natural beauty is often the subject of his art.
From his use of Geode rocks as flowers, peapods, and corn to the giant palm tree made from Indiana license plates that stands over 15 feet above the sidewalks of Nashville, IN in front of the Muddy Boots Cafe, James Connor’s art is unique and amazing, but don’t just take our word for it…
“James Connor is a legend. His art is beautiful and organic and raw and Indiana is lucky be able to call him a native son.” –Reverend Peyton, World Renowned Musician, also from Brown County.
” Carol Hedin (owner of Sublime Design Art Gallery) said in her opinion, the real “show stopper” is the piece above the fireplace — a metal wall sculpture of flowers on a vine made by local artist James Connor. The flowers are made from recycled metal, including a Chevrolet truck tailgate, washing machine and Pontiac hood. “I actually got the idea for this piece by looking at the different colors of paint on different metal objects that were junk,” Connor said. Connor said he believes the gallery aligns with the recent popularity of sustainability and going green. “I really think recyclable art is a great way to raise awareness about reusing materials and not just throwing them in a landfill,” Connor said. “It’s made me realize that we should try to recycle things as best as we can. And my way of doing that is by incorporating these materials into my artwork.” Hedin said Connor is a truly exceptional artist, and she feels privileged to have him showcasing his work in her gallery.” – Excerpt from the Indiana Daily Student
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