DNX ART | CAP Artwork: Brazen, surreal, psychedelic


Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

Leon Stokowski

We all have one in the family. 

The cousin with blue hair who has started painting at age three, her works of art hanging in important museums while yours are held by magnets over the fridge.  Or the mysterious uncle who can compose a three-minute ditty about life in the countrysides in 20 minutes, or your sister-in-law who makes hyperrealist paintings of the President, his dog, or the President and his dog.

We know that somebody who is great with music, or the arts.  The rock star cousin.  The caricaturist uncle.  The guitarist aunt.

It’s either one or the other though.

For Connor A. Purcell, it is both.

Connor comes from an extremely musical family currently residing in Whitehall Township, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

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Mother is Kathy Purcell, Executive Director of the Music Therapy Associates, father Ken is a local musician and one-half of the duo The Jolly Tars, while older brother Corey plays in his own band, and is a genius on the guitar, the accordion, and practically every other instrument man invented.

No surprise then that Connor plays, too (mainly fife – but that is worth another story).

That he plays music is a given.  Connor does one better.

He makes visual presentations of his music.

ART + MUSIC = CAP Artwork

“I enjoy crafting optical illusions and creating vibrant psychedelic artwork,” Connor tells DNX, adding, “and many of my inspirations are derived from the musical artists that I listen to while working.”

Vibrance. Psychedelia. 

Think acid trip art, the LSD-induced artwork of artists that straddle along the lines of beautiful, surreal, and disturbing.

Connor’s works show a flamboyant use of colors that is both brash and calculated, a boldness to the design that implies a hedonism, a thirst for life, a brazenness that flips the bird at conventions, a desire to not just go outside the box but flip the box, destroy it, break it.


His Shroomery series for instance recalls flower power art of the 60s and 70s only this time the floral patterns are replaced with anthropomorphic ‘shrooms. 

Connor designs many products for Society6, an international online open marketplace that promotes artists from around the globe.  His range of product designs is massive — “from apparel to home decor, wall art, furniture and much more”.

As of the moment, Connor is currently spending most of his time writing and arranging music (new album coming! – story out soon) and creating visual art, as well as in game and software development.

He is also slowly rebuilding his art portfolio through social media, especially after he tragically lost a lot of digital data, including entries some of his finest work in music.

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But, there is no stopping Connor, not even a digital glitch.

The art continues, and not even the pandemic can dampen that feisty spirit of Connor’s designs, those little slices of craftsmanship that belies a hedonism, a thirst for life, a brazenness that flips the bird at conventions, a desire to not just go outside the box but flip the box, destroy it, break it.

For more of his work, visit his facebook page, or go straight to his website.


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