Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
Annika Connor: artist and entrepreneur, painter and President of Active Ideas Productions.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a painter and a small business owner. I use the money I make from my painting sales to run my company Active Ideas Productions, a small arts organization that produces events, exhibitions, pop up shows, and publications. My paintings are currently until December 9th, 2011, in an exhibition in Manhattan called Tuxedo Park at Bungalow 5.
I am also hard at work on my wallpaper and upholstery line for Cavern, which will come out in 2012.
Active Ideas Productions main project at the moment is a Fall panel discussion series I am hosting at General Assembly that is exploring art as entrepreneurship. Each panel in this series monthly art discussion series is composed of a mix of creators, investors, historians, and innovators. The panels began this September. Our third conversation, coming up on November 16th, focuses on discussing the fusion of fine art and fashion. For that one we are featuring your very own Patrick McMullan: photographer and founder of Patrick McMullan Company.
Our fourth and final panel explores the theme of curating your corporate and private collection.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am a little bit of a southern/Swedish mix. I was born in Atlanta, GA and spent my summers on the coast outside of Stockholm. Along the way, I have also lived in North Carolina, Chicago, Barcelona, and London. Now I find living in Manhattan to be marvelous! NYC is where my heart is most at home, so I am going to be staying here for a while!
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I have many, but most recently I am obsessed with Paul Newman. He was so handsome, dreamy, and I have a huge crush on him. I love that he not only played a cowboy in his films, but also was a professional racecar driver. Swoon. In addition to being a great actor and film director, he was an incredible entrepreneur, humanitarian, and cook. He a co-founder of Newman’s Own food company, and from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. To date these donations are estimated in excess of $300 million! Amazing! What a man!
5: What book is your bible?
The book I open most often and constantly return to is my old beat up high school art history book: Art History by Marilyn Stokstad. I know that answer seems geeky, but I am always looking back to what the brilliant minds before me have done and trying to learn from their techniques.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
LOVE: dancing, kissing, wearing pretty dresses, viewing great paintings and attempting to make some, drinking coffee or champagne, eating cheese, watching the TV show Dallas or General Hospital, productive insomnia, books by P.G. Woodehouse and Kurt Vongeut, music by James Brown or Bob Dylan, traveling, skiing, and sitting in the sunshine.
HATE: Most all bugs (except butterflies, dragonflies, and lightening bugs), standing in impossibly long lines, overly aggressive people in the subway/airport/out and about, violence of all kinds, the slushy murky puddles on the streets in New York in February, men that refuse to dance, lima beans, painful high heels, long gaps between painting sales, heartbreak, running, the fact I am too weak to break dance well, the sound of snoring, and the taste of liquorish.
7: What is your raison d’être?
8: What is your favorite color?
Hot pink or gold.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
She-Ra: The Princess of Power and twin sister to He-Man.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
A man that can dance and who knows how to lead.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What would you like to do that you haven’t yet?
Annika Connor is a contemporary romantic painter. Her work depicts a fascination with beauty and decadence. Overall, they seem to be fragments from a daydream, which portray a longing for a time of romance and pleasure. In 2002, Annika received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting and philosophy. Since then, Annika has worked professionally as a painter in New York and London and participated in numerous national and international exhibitions while reviews and publication of her work have appeared in many print, digital, and local publications.
Annika Connor is Swedish-American; she currently resides in Manhattan where she maintains an active studio. In addition to her work in the studio, Annika is also heavily involved in sustaining the art community in which she creates. As a supporter of the art she admires, Annika is a Young Fellow of the Frick Collection, on the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council & Acquisitions Committee, a member of the American Ballet Theatre’s Junior Council, and on The Roundtable and the Fashion Committee at the National Arts Club. Connor is a member of the National Arts Club, Screen Actor’s Guild, Emerging Leaders of the New York Arts, Arts & Business Council, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Annika also instructs art and is a professor of watercolor painting at Sessions College for Professional Design. Furthermore, Annika is the Owner/President of Active Ideas Productions, an emerging corporation whose mission is to serve the artistic community by facilitating the presence and publication of young talented artists and educating the public about their work.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Bob Carey
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Annika Connor, On the Sidewalks of Manhattan, 2011, Photography by Bob Carey