Born: Monto, Queensland.
Resides: Mt. Glorious, Queensland.
Artist InformationGerry O'Connor was born in Monto in 1939 and initially trained as a letterpress printer and journalist on his family's newspaper, The Monto Herald. His career expanded in journalism through newspaper to radio and then television including time working on The Courier Mail (Queensland State daily paper) and 13 years with the ABC. In 1986 he became a permanent part-time lecturer and tutor in journalism at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton which allowed him time by 1990 to graduate from a 3 year certificate course in Studio Ceramics at Rockhampton TAFE. In 1993 Gerry and his wife Ann, established a joint studio and he was able to pursue a full-time career as potter and sculptor. Gerry's main fascination is with raku - the simplicity and unpretentious nature of the medium. "….that is the branch of ceramics that fires my imagination and suits my personality. I love its directness, vigour and colour."
Most of Gerry's work is sculptural. A combination of ideas from his mind and suggestions from the medium itself allowing the viewer to interpret each piece individually; as it should be. From human and animal forms to mythology, Gerry's creativity knows no shortage of inspiration. He has even found time to channel creative energy into playwriting. Gerry has been predominantly involved in joint exhibitions with his wife over the years. Since 1990 they have held annual exhibitions, firstly at Gallery 5 , Rockhampton.
- 'Visions of Now', Rockhampton City Gallery
- Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
- 'Figure it Out', Vision Arts Gallery, Brisbane
- Fusions Gallery, Brisbane
- Contemporary Art and Design Gallery, Brisbane
- Arte Pordenone Art Expo, near Venice, Italy
- 'A Different Way with Clay', Artissima Gallery, Brisbane
Gerry is a member of the Society of Sculptors, Queensland and of the Queensland Potters Association. He has won several awards during his art career and is in public collections at the Rockhampton Civic Art Gallery and privately in Japan, the United States, Italy, Ireland and Holland as well as across Australia.
Below are a selection of the artists work:
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