John O'Connell

Born in Derry in 1935 he studied art in the context of a B.Ed programme where practical studies dominated. Influential in his early years was the painter T.P Flanagan. His work has evolved stylistically since then as his student days were spent in the quest fro an individual style with emphasis on experimentation, drawing, movement and colour. Following in the footsteps of T.P Flanagan, the Irish landscape remains a basic theme throughout his work, and he paints in an expressionistic style where the physical act of painting and the application of colour is an all important process. Of his early work he says “my early work was influenced by the strong tradition of Irish landscape – earth colours, ochre, and greys, sky, bog, mountain mist, ar... read more

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