Modern British Gallery offers a large selection of affordable oils, watercolours and limited edition prints by major British artists.

O’CONNOR, John

John O’’Connor (1913-2004) studied at the Royal College of Art from 1933 through to 1937. His teachers at this time were Eric Ravilious, John Nash and Robert Austin. On a visit to Eric Ravilious’s home at Bank House, Castle Hedingham in Essex, O’Connor was charmed by the directness of the wood-engraving technique, and by the simple domestic scene in which Ravilious engraved by a lamp. It was due to Ravilious that O’Connor got his first commission to illustrate ‘Here’s Flowers’ for the Golden Cockerel Press in 1937. After the war, O’Connor became head of the Colchester School of Art in 1948. He was affectionately known as ‘Joc’ to his students (often signing his wood engravings such). His colleagues included John Nash, and Edward Bawden. In 1964 O’Connor retired from teaching full time at Colchester, to concentrate on painting and engraving, but did teach part time at St Martin’s School of Art. In the 1950s and 60s, O’Connor exhibited at the Zwemmer Gallery, in London, and had many exhibitions throughout Britain. His work was purchased by the Arts Council, the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and the Contemporary Art Society.

Artworks:

Wood Engraving 1 SOLD

Wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 100. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Wood Engraving 2 SOLD

Wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 100. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Wood Engraving 3 SOLD

Wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 100. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Wood Engraving 4 SOLD

Wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 100. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Wood Engraving 5 SOLD

Wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 100. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Stephenson’s Rocket SOLD

Wood engraving printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed (edition of 65) Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 23cm x 25cm.

Ariel & Miranda 1 £50

Large wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed artrist’s proof. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 36cm x 26.5cm.

The Cat and The Butterfly SOLD

Large wood engraving printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 75. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet

University Summer £60

Large wood engraving printed from two blocks by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 65. Printed on Zerkall mould-made

Ariel & Miranda 3 £60

Large wood engraving printed from two blocks by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed artist’s proof. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring

Ariel & Miranda 4 £50

Large wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 65. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet

Ariel & Miranda 5 £50

Large wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed and numbered from edition of 65. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet

Ariel & Miranda 6 £50

Large wood engraving. printed by Jonathan Stephenson at The Rocket Press. Signed artist’s proof. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 36cm x 26.5cm.

La Vida Breve 3 SOLD

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 4 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 5 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 6 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 7 SOLD

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 7.7cm

La Vida Breve 8 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 9 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm

La Vida Breve 10 £25

Wood engraving, printed from block, by The Rocket Press in 1991. Signed limited edition of 40. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, full sheet measuring 22.75cm