Artwork Description / Detail
John O’Connor was born in Leicester on the 11th August 1913.
O’Connor is a landscape painter in oil and watercolour and is also skilled at lithography and wood engraving.
He studied at Leicester College of Art between 1930 – 33 and at the Royal College of Art from 1933 – 37 where he was under the tutelage of Ravilious, John Nash, Tristam and R.S. Austin.
O’Connor exhibited mainly at the Zwemmer Gallery, and from 1970 at the New Grafton Gallery. In London he exhibited with the Royal Academy from 1955 and with the Royal Watercolour Society, and also held several one-man shows in the provinces.
The collection of watercolours by O’Connor that we have available at Jonathan Grant Galleries were exhibited at The Paul Alexander Gallery in Kensington, London.
O’Connor taught widely and from 1948 – 64 he was the Principal at Colchester School of Art. He wrote and illustrated books including “Landscape Painting” published 1968 and “A Pattern of People” published 1961. In the 1960 he designed murals for Basildon New Town.
His landscape subjects seek the timeless aspects of the country and his watercolours are spontaneously and rapidly executed in front of the subject.
His work is represented at the Tate Gallery and other public collections.