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.

Biography[edit]

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]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 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

Awards[edit]

Represented[edit]

References[edit]

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

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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