[Above left: Fisherman’s Bend (1963) and above right: The Room]
Australian artist Victor George O’Connor was born in Preston, Melbourne on 21 December, 1918. He studied at the prestigious Melbourne High School and studied law at Melbourne University where in late 1941, at the age of 23, he completed his law degree and went into the army. With an interest in both art and politics, he became active in the Australian Realist movement. His work is represented in the Australian National Gallery as well as in various state and regional galleries.
- In the 1960s, O’Connor moved to Sydney where he became a full-time artist with frequent exhibitions at the Australian Galleries and the Victorian Artists Society.
- In 1983, he bought ”Woodside” in Dromana; which would become his home for the next 27 years, where he continued his art.
- In the late 1980s O’Connor rented a studio in Fitzroy, and painted scenes around Melbourne’s inner suburbs.
After the death of his second wife, in 2004 he had aspirations about painting again, but due to arthritis in his hands and poor eyesight he moved into an aged-care home in Fitzroy, where he died on 8 September, 2010, at the age of 91.
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