Conor Rogers, Brenda I'm awake, 2014, Courtesy of the artist

Conor Rogers

b. 1992, Sheffield

2011-2014 BA Creative Arts Practice, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Recent Exhibitions

Group shows:
2015 ‘Overlooked’, The Scottish Queen Gallery, Sheffield
2014 ‘Exchange Rates Presents: Platform – Paper’, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, New York
2014 ‘Everyday Illusions’, Paper Gallery, Manchester
2014 ‘John Moores Painting Prize’, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2014 ‘Interim Exhibition’, SIA Gallery, Sheffield
2013 ‘You are here’, The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Artist’s Statement

My photo-realistic depictions from everyday life emerge from an ‘argument’ between the illusionism of the image and the substrate of the paintings. When viewing paintings, the main focus is usually the representation created by the artist on a flat surface. Although my works have a familiar subject matter- the landscapes I experience every day- I intend that they go beyond the illusion of what I see to become both object and image at the same time. The success of my work lies not just in the quality of the representation, but in the moment the viewer’s attention strays away from seeing the image and into the concrete reality of all the components of the painting. In combining image and object I endeavour to convey the intense reality of small moments of daily life. On the one hand my works are hyper-ordinary, but at the same time, I hope, extraordinary. The ordinary - the quotidian, or even abject - is turned into something precious, even jewel-like, through hours of time and labour