Exhibition - Conor Mac Neill: Canadian Myths and Legends
November 1st - 30th, 2018
Venue: Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 247 Ricardo St., NOTL ON L0S 1J0
Title: Exhibition & Opening: Conor Mac Neill: Canadian Myths and Legends
Conor Mac Neill exhibit entitled Canadian Myths and Legends exhibit will be on display at the Pumphouse gallery from November 1-30, 2018. Please join us on Friday, November 2 from 7-9 pm as we celebrate the opening of of the exhibit. Everyone is welcome.
The exhibit consists of 2 small collections; one that explores Canadian myths and legends on a national level, and a second that explores Canadian myths and legends on a regional level looking specifically at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The national level collection explores cryptids and quirky creatures rumored to inhabit the Canadian wilderness and landscape. The regional collection consist of a series of portraits exploring some of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most infamous characters. This project was done in collaboration with the Niagara Historical Society, with the intent of exploring some of the town’s most colorful legends, many of whose stories are largely unknown.
In addition to MacNeill’s detailed paintings, he includes works by his 4-year-old son, Declan, who interprets the same myths and characters in a more primitive style, which highlights the point that there can be many interpretations to these legends.
Conor Mac Neill am an Irish born, Canadian animator and Illustrator, and an enthusiast of all things that involve drawing, model-making, and story telling. He is a graduate of the Sheridan College animation program and received a Masters in Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire. He also holds a degree in Industrial design from the University of Alberta. He spent most of his professional career working in the United States as an animator, for clients such as Disney, PBS kids, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Lucky charms and Fisher Price. Prior to getting into animation, he worked in the United States as an industrial designer for clients such as The Smithsonian, Sony and the NYS museum. Conor currently live in Niagara-on-the-lake with his family, a town he is happy to call home and largely grew up in. He works as a Professor in the Niagara College game development program, and spends his free time researching Canadian myths, painting, and writing children’s books.