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William O'connor
Glendora, CA

About the Artist

Beginning life in the heartland of America gave William O’Connor a sense of wonderment in the changing landscape and sky. The distinct seasons in Nebraska left indelible images for him to remember as a painter. The inspirations for his work often come from the recall of childhood memories in Lincoln and later on, life in Southern California. After exciting teenage years, there came a hitch in the US Navy serving his country. More images, new to remember, came from days on the open sea and fascinating foreign places.

Subjects of his paintings may include: ancient myths; connections …

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About the Artist

Beginning life in the heartland of America gave William O’Connor a sense of wonderment in the changing landscape and sky. The distinct seasons in Nebraska left indelible images for him to remember as a painter. The inspirations for his work often come from the recall of childhood memories in Lincoln and later on, life in Southern California. After exciting teenage years, there came a hitch in the US Navy serving his country. More images, new to remember, came from days on the open sea and fascinating foreign places.

Subjects of his paintings may include: ancient myths; connections with animals and wildlife; historical places; as well as industrial images. The style and technique of his work evolved from the influence of Modernism and Abstract Expressionism as seen by the masters such as Willem de Kooning and Richard Diebenkorn. This type of painting allows William the freedom of expression especially with vibrant color, invented shapes, and fascinating details, to reveal his inner experience. Series are very prevalent in his work as well as triptychs, diptychs, and individual themes.

While attending Otis Art Institute, LA Valley College, and Pasadena City College, William gained a fine art background during his studies of figure drawing, print making, sculpture, art history, ceramics, and other fundamental art courses. This experience served to drive him further into a deliberate pathway of eclectic study from several different institutions and by various professional artists. A great many afternoons during “closed to the public” hours, were spent studying and drawing from the Master’s paintings hanging in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. From this formidable background in fine art came the choice to concentrate solely on the traditional medium of oil paint.

Artist’s Work

NEBRASKA
Harvest time
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HARVEST TIME

By William O'connor

On the prairie
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ON THE PRAIRIE

By William O'connor

Nebraska
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NEBRASKA

By William O'connor

The deluge
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THE DELUGE

By William O'connor

Automobile Chassis
Ford
Mercury 2
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MERCURY

By William O'connor

Dodge 2
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DODGE

By William O'connor

Lincoln 3
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LINCOLN

By William O'connor

Chevrolet
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CHEVROLET

By William O'connor

Pontiac
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PONTIAC

By William O'connor

Plymouth
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PLYMOUTH

By William O'connor

Oldsmobile 2
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OLDSMOBILE

By William O'connor

Triptych-FIRST LIGHT
Triptych 1 first light
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Triptych 1, FIRST LIGHT

By William O'connor

Triptych 2 first light
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Triptych 2, FIRST LIGHT

By William O'connor

Triptych 3 first light
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Triptych 3, FIRST LIGHT

By William O'connor

Bold and Bright Colors
Grasshopper dance
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GRASSHOPPER DANCE

By William O'connor

Miles from nowhere
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MILES FROM NOWHERE

By William O'connor

Laying out
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LAYING OUT

By William O'connor

The cats path home
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THE CATS PATH HOME

By William O'connor

Outpost 29
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OUTPOST 29

By William O'connor

Flanders field 1915
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FLANDERS FIELD 1915

By William O'connor

Early spring 5
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EARLY SPRING

By William O'connor

Tequila sunrise 2
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TEQUILA SUNRISE

By William O'connor

They shot through to the coast
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BUFFALO WALLOW

By William O'connor

Outpost 38
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OUTPOST 38

By William O'connor

Songbirds
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SONGBIRDS

By William O'connor

Atlantis 2
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ATLANTIS

By William O'connor

Warm Colors
Keep back 500 feet
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FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

By William O'connor

Swans 3
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SWANS

By William O'connor

Tir na nog
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T'ir na nO'g

By William O'connor

Late autumn
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LATE AUTUMN

By William O'connor

Crossing the hellespont
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CROSSING THE HELLESPONT

By William O'connor

Paging mr harrold
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PAGING MR. HARROLD

By William O'connor

Selected Exhibitions

  • Creative Arts Group
    Sierra Madre, CA, 2013
  • Sacramento Fine Art Center
    Sacramento, CA, 2013
  • Amadeus Art Festival
    Tubac, AZ, 2008
  • California Art Club
    South Pasadena, CA, 2008
  • City of Sierra Madre
    Sierra Madre, CA, 2005

Education

  • Pasadena City College,
    Pasadena, CA,1976 
  • Cal State Northridge,
    Northridge CA,1973 
  • L.A. Valley College, Associate Arts
    Van Nuys CA,1972