Breon O'Casey 1928-2011
Painter, sculptor, etcher, weaver and jeweller. He studied for three years at the Anglo French Art Centre and was assistant to Barbara Hepworth from 1959 to 1962. He was also assistant to Denis Mitchell in St. Ives.
Son of the playwright Sean O'Casey, for most of his career Breon O'Casey lived in Cornwall and was closely associated with the St. Ives School of painters and sculptors. He benefited from his friendship with some of the leading artists of his generation such as Peter Lanyon, John Wells and Tony O'Malley.
His first one-man show of paintings was at Somerville College, Oxford, in 1954. He regularly exhibited with the Penwith Society. His paintings have some characteristics of the St. Ives School, being small abstracts, often on irregularly shaped pieces of wood, executed in warm earth colours; simple, 'primitive' and eloquent in outline.
Although his gold and silver jewellery won him an international reputation with connoisseurs and his hand woven creations have been targeted by knowledgeable collectors, he is best known foe his paintings, sculpture and graphic work. He died in May 2011.
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Oil on canvas
36 x 46 ins (91.44 x 116.84 cms)