Eyes on New York City based artist James Connolly and his picturesque enhanced vintage record covers.
James Connolly is a British artist who currently lives and works in New York City. His project ‘Cover Versions’ was inspired by his days trawling 2nd record shops and junk shops collecting vinyl. There was something melancholic about the piles of dusty old records, once loved by their owners, but now discarded and forgotten forever. He wanted to give these records a new lease of life. Give them a new identity. Using acrylic paints, James Connolly distorts the familiar into something surreal and anonymous. Painting for him is a perfect escape from the distractions of technology, and it seemed a natural fit for his ode to the analog era of vinyl.
Stylistically, his influences are varied but there’s definitely a subconscious nod to the UK rave flyers of the early 90s. Growing up in London as a kid, collecting rave flyers was a big thing! They struck him as surreal and otherworldly in a way more traditional art never did. And they were playful. He always likes to keep an element of play in his work.
Check out the following selection of his artworks. You can find more on his website, just have a look here. Furthermore, you can follow James Connolly on Instagram to stay up to date with his latest work.
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