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The Doorway Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition space on
25 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. 

This new gallery space will feature, a new artist each week,  and this week we are featuring
David O'Connor


David O’Connor is a landscape painter and sculptor. David was born in Cheshire in 1959. He lives and works in Wiltshire England. He has deep connections to Dublin as his maternal grandparents and ancestors going back to the 1760s were born in the liberties. His great, great grandfather James Dillon was a 19th century pioneer of billposting in Dublin and a theatre manager at the Rotundo theatre (now called The Ambassador) at the Top of O’Connell Street. His father’s family is from Hacketstown in Carlow.

David studied at Sunderland Polytechnic and the Slade School of Fine Art. His painting are inspired by the colours and patterns of Agricultural landscapes. They are layered, scraped back and cut with drawing as well as paint. The layering alluding to the buried archaeology beneath the soil and the constant change within the landscape. David’s studio is near Stonehenge. He paints from drawings and memories of walks: making a synthesis of half remembered, idealised, actual and abstract pattern; hopefully getting close to what is in our mind rather than the merely literal. The work is closer to poetry than prose.  Above all and very simply the work is a celebration of colour.

“His landscapes are based in Southwest England in particular Wiltshire and Dorset. They are the perfectly balanced point between abstraction and observed landscape painting. There is the trace of many layers and fine lines within the work, combined with the glorious pallet of vivid greens and sunny yellows making joyous viewing” ----  Kate Anniss