Sculptor and teacher, born in Dublin, Ireland, who attended Limerick School of Art and Design and Birmingham Polytechnic. He used a wide range of materials to create works, often with a wide public in mind, sometimes enigmatic, with a strong humorous streak. O’Connor held a large number of residencies, notably in the Midlands, and gained a string of awards which included West Midlands Arts, 1986; East Midlands Arts, 1986; Arts Council of Ireland, 1987; and Nottinghamshire County Council, 1988. Live work included Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1983, and Bridges Dance Company, 1987–9. Showed in mixed exhibitions at Ikon Gallery from 1983, others including Castle Museum, Nottingham, 1985; Sculpture at the National Garden Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, 1986; and Loseby Gallery, Leicester, 1987.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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