Paul O’Connor

Artist Statement

I employ the elemental qualities of wood, metal, and the absence of light to create a window for the viewer to enter into a symbolic vision of my reality.  A place of contemplation and spaciousness. My highly geometric, meticulously crafted work intimates three-dimensional volume without the use of three point perspective. Working with two basic shapes—the square and the hexagon—I create works that are simultaneously complex and minimal, formal and formless. Alluding to architecture, meditation and the science of optics, these wall hanging sculptures explore both the conceptual and experiential nature of space. 


The works are built up from several layers of furniture grade plywood, surfaced with layers of metal and wood. These materials are treated with patinas, paints, stains or simply left in a natural “found" state. Each facet of the square or hexagon is cut back at a forty five degree angle to create the illusion that the piece is floating off the wall. At the center of each work is a dimensional "void". At first viewing and certainly in photo reproductions of my work, the hole appears as a black painted shape on the surface, when in reality, it is a void. This void is truly the anchor of my work, as a symbol of silence, stillness, and infinite spaciousness.



Paul O’Connor was born in Santa Monica, California in 1961. He lived in England, Japan and France for a total of fourteen years abroad and is a veteran of the US Navy. He received a BA from Pepperdine University, Malibu and studied photography at Pasadena Art Center. In 1989 O’Connor and his wife Tizia O’Connor moved to Taos, where he conceived a series of black and white portraits of artists that continues to this day. His sculptural work started in the early 1990’s and has since become the focus of his artistic practice. Drawn to minimalism, O’Connor is inspired by the West Coast aesthetics of Light and Space and Finish Fetish.

Paul O’Connor. SQ-44, 2018. Automotive black paint on aluminum, copper sheet with patina, plywood back. 36” x 36” x 1 ½”. Courtesy of the artist.

Paul O’Connor. SQ-44, 2018. Automotive black paint on aluminum, copper sheet with patina, plywood back. 36” x 36” x 1 ½”. Courtesy of the artist.

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