Approved: 16.08.2006

Liam O Connor

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Liam O'Connor's work displays a technical finesse that is, at once, seductive, energetic and revealing. In simple terms, Liam is a portrait painter, but as with the best portrait painters, these are not mere representations of people, but studies that capture something more elusive. Through his work, Liam acknowledges that at one time, portrait painters were at the cutting edge of technical developments

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
 

Biography

Liam O'Connor's work displays a technical finesse that is, at once, seductive, energetic and revealing. In simple terms, Liam is a portrait painter, but as with the best portrait painters, these are not mere representations of people, but studies that capture something more elusive. Through his work, Liam acknowledges that at one time, portrait painters were at the cutting edge of technical developments in art, utilising the 'new' technologies of the day in their pursuit of perfection. He approaches the development of his work in a similarly up-to-date manner, investigating the work he finds so inspiring by recreating them using technologies current to our times. Primarily, he returns to oil paint for his finished works but with a slightly shifted perspective and awareness of how the oil paint is functioning for him. This is also reflected in the broader practice in which he is engaged; the eye of the painter and his skill for manipulating a medium, translating portraits in to video works. Liam's relationship with the history of portraiture is honest and clear in his work, but this is work which is searching for a new relationship with the world, a relationship that is as relevant to this day and age as it ever has been. -Each Month WARP selects an artist from our peer-to-peer sessions to be featured on the WARP website. - www.g39.org/warp

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2011 - MA Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues, Swansea Metropolitan University 2003 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, The Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales Solo exhibitions 2012 - Portraits , Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Mill House, Whitebrook, Monmouth. NP25 4TX 2010 - Portraits, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth 2009 - Portraits, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff 2008 - 23 Portraits, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff. 2006 - 17 Portraits, Memorial Gallery at Yale College, Wrexham 2005 - 25 Paintings, Kooywood gallery, Cardiff 2005 - New paintings/drawings, Kooywood gallery, Cardiff 2005 - Solo show, Kooywood gallery, Cardiff Group exhibitions 2012 - Brzeska's Eagle, G39, Cardiff 2012 - Fresh Paint, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport. 2012 - On Performance, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil 2010 - MA & PG Contemporary Art Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset 2009 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David’s Hall, Cardiff 2009 - What is Crime, 198 contemporary Arts, London 2008 - If You Build It They Will Come, G39, Cardiff 2008 - Liam O’Connor & Jo Dixon, Denise yapp contemporary art, Monmouth 2008 - Tim Freeman, Liam O' Connor, Chris Holloway, BayArt gallery, Cardiff 2008 - Tim Freeman, Liam O' Connor, Chris Holloway, BAYART gallery, cardiff bay 2008 - 'Two man show', Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth 2008 - Wales Portrait Award 2, t David’s Hall, cardiff 2007 - New Beginnings, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth 2006 - 'FAITH', tactileBOSCH , [Artist Led Space] tactileBOSCH is located on Andrews Rd, Llandaff North Cardiff Tel. +44 07951 2562 2006 - Lines and Strata, Theatr Mwldan, , Cardigan, West Wales. 2005 - Drawing the city, Bayarts, Cardiff 2005 - Super 8 Show, G39, Cardiff 2005 - The drawing project, Campbells of London, South Kensington 2005 - The new magic painting, Campbells of London, South Kensington 2004 - New painters show, The Albany gallery, Cardiff 2004 - Opening show, Kooywood gallery, Cardiff 2003 - INTROLOMO, G39, Cardiff Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Hall, Cardiff 2010 - Royal Portrait Society, The Mall Galleries, London 2008 - Wales Portrait Award 2, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead ,National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Bodelwyddan Castle, N.Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff,Clwyd Theatr Cymru., Wil Birkenhead Birkenhead, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Clwyd 2007 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize, Oriel y Bont & Wales Millennium Centre, The University of Glamorgan & Cardiff Bay. 2007 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Hall, , Cardiff. 2006 - Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries & Sculpture Hall, Manchester Town Hall, London & Manchester 2006 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St Davids Hall, Cardiff 2005 - Wales Portrait Award, Bodelwyddan Castle/National Portrait Gallery Wales, Denbighshire, North Wales