Painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer and teacher, born in Leicester where he attended the College of Art, 1931–4, then Royal College of Art, 1934–7, where his teachers included Eric Ravilious and John Nash, long a friend. After service in the Royal Air Force, 1941–6, O’Connor continued his teaching career, begun at Birmingham College of Art, 1937, then Bristol College of Art, 1938–41, by becoming principal of Colchester School of Art, 1948–64. Visiting lectureships included St Martin’s School of Art, 1964–74. O’Connor’s own written and illustrated books included Canals, Barges and People, 1950; Landscape Painting, 1967; The Technique of Wood Engraving, 1971; Introducing Relief Printing, 1973; and A View of Kilvert, 1981.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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