Marcel O'Connor
Marcel O’Connor
Marcel was born in Lurgan, N.Ireland and now lives and works in Fife, Scotland.
As an artist he has developed a rich style of encaustic / wax painting with subject matter ranging from flag images exploring cultural confusion, to structures influenced by Byzantine art exploring inverse perspective, to pure painterly formalist approaches.
“....he has taken icons as resonant source material and has employed a traditional technique of wax encaustic. The resulting works explore an interplay of colour and abstract forms close to the picture surface and the special qualities afforded by wax. As with the icons that inspire them, these works offer themselves for contemplation”.
1958 Born Lurgan, Co Armagh, N. Ireland
1977-78 Liverpool Polytechnic
1978-81 Brighton Polytechnic
1983-84 Cyprus College of Art
1991-92 Moray House College, Art Teachers Diploma.
Solo exhibitions
2007 ‘Drawings and Paintings’, The Market House, Monaghan, Ireland
2005 The Market Place, Armagh, Ireland
‘Approaches’, The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber, England
2003 ‘Gaze’, Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
1994 ‘Boundaries’, Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Kirkudbright
1993 ‘Boundaries’, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast
‘Boundaries’, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
‘Recent Work’, MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling
1989 MacLaurin Gallery, Ayr
‘Recent Paintings’, Waverly Taylor Gallery, Leith
1988 ‘New Paintings’, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
1987 ‘A Period of Transition’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
1986 ‘Drawings and Paintings’, Corridor Gallery, Lurgan.
Selected group exhibitions
2012 Surfaces for Thoughts, Artspace, Glenrothes, Fife
2008 ‘Further North’, The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber
1999 Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh 
1998 Iwate Art Festival, Yorozu Tetsugoro Museum, Japan
‘Territory’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
1997 ‘Rolling Devoluton', Contemporary Scottish and Irish Art, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews University and The Gracefield Arts Centre,Dumfries
1996 ‘Exchange’, The Collective Gallery at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
1995 ‘Tin’, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 ‘Europa 24’, Angermuseum, Erfurt, Germany
1993 ‘Paperworks’, Seagate Gallery, Dundee
1992 Collective Gallery touring Exhibition to the Svetmilla Gallery, Kiev and St.Petersburg
‘Europa 24’, Szombathely, Hungary
1991 Vigado Gallery, Budapest
Wasps Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
Wasps 91 Edinburgh College of Art
1990 ‘Fruitmarket Open’, Edinburgh
1989 ‘Smith Biennial’, Stirling Museum and Art Gallery
1988 ‘A Hive of Activity’, Wasps National Touring Exhibition to Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh
1987 Paisley Art Institute, Scottish Drawing Competition
1986 ‘Carry on Painting’, Brighton Polytechnic
1984 Gloria Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
Kyklos Gallery, Kato Paphos, Cyprus
1983 Sussex Artists, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
1982 Summer Show, Brighton Conference Centre
1988-1998 Festival Exhibitions at Wasps Gallery, Patriothall, Edinburgh
1996-1998 Dunfermline Print Workshop Annual Exhibitions at Pittencrieff House.
1989 Pollock/Krasner Foundation, New York
1983 Jacob Mendelson Travel Award.
Book jacket designs
Identity in Northern Ireland, Cathal McCall, MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-74018-1
Scotland and Ulster, edited by Ian S Wood, Mercat Press ISBN 1873644 191
Gaze, Encaustic Paintings, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews, ISBN 0906272 82 3
Boundaries, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The City Arts Centre,
Edinburgh, ISBN no 0 905072 47 0
Rolling Devolution, Contemporary Scottish and Irish Art, ISBN 0 9523641 23
Iwate Arts Festival, Japan, UK98, ISBN4-9980696-0-8
Work in public collections
City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Monaghan Co Council, Ireland
All images and site content copyright Marcel O'Connor