Brendan O'Connell finds art buyers in the aisles of a supermarket
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A wood-burning stove heats Brendan O’Connell’s barn. Here in picturesque western Connecticut, he grows much of his food and has a near vegan diet. The barn, however, is full of Oreo cookies, Utz chips, Jif peanut butter, Uncle Ben’s rice and other household items–or rather, paintings of them.
“These brands represent where we are as a culture,” says O’Connell, a 45-year-old painter. “I find it visually exciting to go to a grocery store.”
This is not his first trip down those aisles. A working artist since the 1990s, he gained notice last February when his paintings of Walmart stores earned him a New Yorker profile.