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Artist
Larry Connatser
Title
Untitled
Date
c.1965
Medium
acrylic on paper panels mounted on Masonite
Dimensions
Image: 48 × 96 inches (121.9 × 243.8 cm)Framed: 49 5/8 × 97 3/8 × 1 5/8 inches (126 × 247.3 × 4.1 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Gift of the Larry Connatser Trust.
Accession Number
2002.6.1
Larry Connatser
(American, 1938-1996)
Untitled, c. 1965
Acrylic on paper on Masonite
48 x 96 in.
Gift of the Larry Connatser Trust

Larry Connatser was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, which he considered his hometown. He received a degree in literature and philosophy at Vanderbilt University in 1961. In 1962, without benefit of art training, he began painting in Chicago. He returned to the South in 1971, moving to Savannah, where he maintained a residence even after 1984 when his career and interests took him back to Atlanta. A prolific artist, Connatser is credited with about 2,500 paintings. His works appear in numerous regional museums, public buildings, and corporate and private art collections.

This untitled painting is a composite picture of greater Atlanta seen from many perspectives. In 1965, when Connatser was living in Chicago, his father had major surgery, and the artist went to Atlanta to stay with him through his recovery. Connatser enjoyed taking long walks through the city. Noting sweeping architectural views as well as human activity, the artist painted his impressions on small pieces of paper, none larger than nine by twelve inches, which he then mounted together to form a larger painting. Additional painting was required once the images were in place. Rendered in brilliant colors, the work is organized into rhythmic patterns, with greens, yellows, red, and black predominating. Small figures are set among the image’s biomorphic and geometric patterns, which swell into shapes that create the impression of perspective.