John O'Connor (1913 - 2004) Cat amongst flowers / Signed wood-engraving

John O'Connor (1913 - 2004)

Untitled (Cat amongst flowers)

1960s (printed 1990s)

Wood-engraving on paper

Edition : 47/75

Dimensions :

paper size : 36.5 x 26.5 cm

printed image : 24.5 x 17.5 cm

Printed by Jonathan Stephenson of Rocket press, Oxfordshire

John O'Connor was born in Leicester where his father, whose family had come from County Tipperary, was an optical instrument maker.

After Wyggeston school and Leicester College of Art O'Connor attended the Royal College of Art (1933-1937), where his teachers included Eric Ravilious, John Nash and Robert Austin. Each influenced him, but from Ravilious he learned a great love of wood engraving.

Following WWII where he served in the RAF O'Connor taught at Hastings School of Art, before moving, in 1948, to become principal of Colchester School of Art (later the Colchester Centre for Art, Design and the Media). His colleagues included Richard Chopping, who designed dust jackets for the James Bond novels, his own former teacher John Nash, and Edward Bawden, one of the finest British printmakers.

After leaving Colchester in 1964, he was a visiting lecturer at St Martin's School of Art until 1975, and at Glasgow School of Art from 1977 to 1984.

Despite these commitments, O'Connor
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