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George O'Connell

George O'Connell
Free Fall 4/5, linoleum cut, 24” x 34”

Witty, erotic, at times profound - never cynical in the manner of so much contemporary art - the monoprints, monotypes, and pastels of George O’Connell embody life and movement. The artist’s work forfeits modeled or sculptural effects to revel in line and pattern. The singular vitality of O’Connell’s work lies in the interplay between the object as representation and the object as ornamentation. Like a jazz melody, O’Connell’s images emerge furtively out of swirling lines and then dissolve again into pure embellishment. Uncompromisingly two dimensional in his approach, the artist layers semi-transparent images on top of one another to create an effect not of spatial depth but of resonance or analogy - the pictorial equivalent perhaps of memory. Velvet gloves, silk stockings, exotic coiffures, are only glimpsed evidences of a past gaiety as the strong linear rhythms keep our eyes moving quickly over the surface. As much as any other visual artist today, O’Connell subscribes to Hans Hofmann’s dictum that rhythm is the expression of life in space.

George O'Connell
Get Down and Boogie, lithograph with monotype, 33” x 23”

George O’Connell received his graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, and later studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam under a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a talented jazz musician as well as Professor of Art at SUNY Oswego. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the World. In recognition of his expertise, he has been juror for several national exhibitions of printmaking. He has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and won many honors and awards. His work is included in important collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, Buffalo’s Burchfield-Penney Center, Syracuse’s Everson Museum, as well as museums in the Hague, London, and Moscow and in many US Embassies abroad.

George O'Connell
Early Morning Cove, monotype, 21” x 27”

 

 


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