b. 1947, New Zealand

Denis O'Connor Biography

Although an accomplished ceramicist, O’Connor is primarily known for his emblematic forms carved in limestone, and for smaller relief images engraved and burnished into panels of grey Welsh roof slate, occasionally coloured. Legendary for his fastidious craftsmanship, O’Connor’s work abounds in references to New Zealand and Irish history for he is a gifted writer and storyteller who delights in creating unexpected juxtapositions, linking past with present. Many of his slate images are like pages in a solid, non-paper book of fables, blending his own personal family narratives into broader, even global, social histories.

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More recently he has been making sculpture with frosted crystal or metal-plated found objects, and large coloured photographs that illustrate theatrical tableau. In 2008 O’Connor participated in Ábhar agus Meon/Materials and Mentalities, an international contemporary art exhibition part of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress at University College, Dublin.

Denis O'Connor Featured Artworks

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Face to Face by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork sculpture
Denis O'Connor Face to Face, 1999 Slate roof tile, pigment, wax
25 x 19 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
The End by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Denis O'Connor The End, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
First Love by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Denis O'Connor First Love, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Moby Dick by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Denis O'Connor Moby Dick, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Waiting for Godot by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Denis O'Connor Waiting for Godot, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
How It Is by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Denis O'Connor How It Is, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Here All Night by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Denis O'Connor Here All Night, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Molloy Malone Dies The Unnamable by Denis O'Connor contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Denis O'Connor Molloy Malone Dies The Unnamable, 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper
78 x 57 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Denis O'Connor Recent Exhibitions

Denis O'Connor Represented By

Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand
Two Rooms Auckland
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