John O'Connor, R.W.S. 1913-2004
John O'Connor was a noted British landscape artist, continuing the British rural traditions after the war and working alongside John Nash, Edward Bawden and Blair Hughes-Stanton at the Colchester School of Art where he was Principal for many years. he was lucky enough to have been at the Royal College of Art during the late 1930's where he was taught by such luminaries as Eric Ravilious and Nash. An illustrator, wood engraver and painter of landscape; O"Connor produced several books himself and worked with the Golden Cockrell Press. His work was dedicated to the British countryside a 'search for timelessness in subject matter' and reflected his deep love of the countryside, often in the rolling fields of Suffolk, or the waterways of Scotland and Ireland.
He had an enviable exhibition record with many solo and joint shows including a series with the Zwemmer Gallery in London. His work is now held by the Arts Council, Tate Gallery and the British Museum among other public collections.
'The Garden at Oliver's Barn'
Mixed media, signed
'The Mere Pool'
Ink and watercolour, signed.