Victor O'Connor

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Victor George O'Connor (21 December 1918 in Melbourne – 8 September 2010 in Melbourne) was an Australian artist, a social realist painter of genre and landscapes.


O'Connor graduated in law from University of Melbourne and served with the Army during the Second World War. In 1939 he studied art at the George Bell School, Melbourne for a time but was mostly self-taught as an artist.

He was vice-president of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria in the early 1940s. He painted extensively in UK and Europe 1973 - 1974.[1]

His second wife Vera died in 2004. Towards the end of his life he was unable to paint due to arthritis and failing eyesight.[1]


  • CAS (Melbourne Show) 1941
  • One-man and group shows in Australia[which?]
  • Exhibitions in London, Canada and USSR[which?]
  • Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney 1980
  • Retrospective show 1939 - 1983, Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne 1983




  1. ^ a b c "Realist movement painter who was struck by harsh truths". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 


  • Bernard Smith, Australian Painting 1788 - 1970, Oxford University Press 1974
  • Allan McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson 1977
  • Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 - 1980, Rigby 1982
  • Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Boolarong 1984