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.
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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
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
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