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Kevin O'Connor has been a professional artist for over forty years with interests that include graphic design, exhibition design, painting, sculpture performance art, music and drama. He has exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad.
Artistic education began at Wolverhampton College of Art, studying Graphic Design to National Diploma level (1961-4) on leaving college employed as exhibition designer and design consultant with a firm of architects under contract to the Ministry of Defence.
In 1966 became a full time lecturer at Portsmouth College of Art and Design teaching Foundation Course students. During this period moved into fine art practicing as a painter and exhibited widely in the UK and USA. 1972/3 Exchange Lectureship with Hope College, Holland Michigan USA. 1976/7 studied art education at the University of Sussex awarded Masters Degree in Curriculum Studies.
1981. Moved to London becoming involved in community-based arts in the voluntary sector. Founded Brixton Art Gallery, Brixton Artists Collective and the Brixton Festival between 1981/4 with a small collective of artists. Work during this period included performance art, and experimental sculpture focused on political issues.
1986 Set up home in a derelict barn in the Northern Lakes with partner Ruth Charlton.
Kevin O Connor has exhibited in the USA, Canada, Belgium, South Korea and the UK.