Four Blacks

BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)

Four Blacks

21st century England

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O’Casey’s long career saw him master each medium with a painstaking dedication, borne from his constant focus on the creative process itself. Never completely settling on either side of figurative or abstract, his work has always flitted playfully between these two definitions, using each term against the other but harmonising them perfectly. While his abstract paintings remain soft, yet linear and boldly coloured, O’Casey’s sculptures have a figurative grace and presence of their own, whether they are large or small in scale. One of the most important pieces is Acrobat – one of O’Casey’s first ever large sculptures. Deliberately lending itself to outdoor display, Acrobat is almost alive in its scale and supple, organic lines, yet remains gentle and soothing in its posture and texture. Among the paintings, is Grey Above, one of O’Casey’s last ever works. O’Casey’s habitual calm reduction of objects to simpler shapes is a practice that stayed with him throughout his career.
Breon O’Casey’s time in St. Ives (having moved there in the late 1950s) saw him come under the influence, instruction and occasionally, partnership of some of the region’s most prominent artists, sculptors and jewellers - among them Barbara Hepworth and Denis Mitchell. What O’Casey took from his time with each of them was always different and personal, and often a frank lesson about his method, attitude or practice. More often than not, they allowed this natural craftsman to extend his capabilities, through learning and perfecting the various mediums that each of them had come to preside over.
Breon O’Casey’s long career was as varied and fascinating as the work he produced, a man who became one of the British art scene’s most important and respected artists.

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1954
Somerville College, Oxford – solo.

1959
Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives – group.

1960
Arnolfmi, Bristol – solo.

1966
Signals Gallery, London – group.

1968
Marjorie Parr Gallery, London – solo.
British Crafts Centre, London – group.
Park Square Gallery, Leeds – solo.

1969
Marjorie Parr Gallery, London – solo.
Brown Thomas Gallery, Dublin – solo.

1970
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – with Bryan Illsley.

1971
Bath Festival Gallery, Bath – group.
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol – with Bryan Illsley.

1972
The Goldsmith’s Hall, London – group.

1973
Marjorie Parr Gallery, London – solo.
Craftworks, Guildford – with Bryan Illsley.

1974
British Crafts Centre, London – solo.

1975
Marjorie Parr Gallery, London – solo.
Craftwork Gallery, London – with Bryan Illsley.
Craftworks, Guildford – solo.

1976
British Crafts Centre, London – group.

1977
Chastinet Gallery, London – solo.

1979
Oxford Gallery, London – solo.

1981
O’Casey Craft Gallery, London – solo.

1982
Prescote Gallery, Banbury – solo.

1983
Kruger Gallery, New York – solo.
Fulham Gallery, London – solo.

1984
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – solo.

1985
British Crafts Centre, London – solo.
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – solo.
Victoria and Albert Museum Craft Shop, London – group.
Ingrid Presser, Germany – solo.

1986
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
Taylor Galleries, Dublin – solo.

1988
Taylor Galleries, Dublin – solo.

1989
Crafts Council, London – group (touring exhibition).
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – with David Garland.
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.

1990
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.

1991
Rufford Crafts Centre – group.
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
Collier Campbell Gallery, London – solo.

1992
Narrow Water Gallery, Northern Ireland – with Carolyn Mulholland.
Korim Kiele, Helsinki – group.

1993
Wolf at the Door, Penzance – solo.
Taylor Galleries, Dublin – with Conor Fallen.
Little Rock, Arkansaw – group.
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
1994
Schmuck Unsere Zeif, Zurich – group.
Wolf at the Door, Penzance – solo.
Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelowarren – solo.
1995
Oriel, Cardiff – solo.
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham – group.
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – group.
Crafts Council, London – group (touring exhibition).
St James’s Gallery, Bath – solo.
1996
Black Swan Guild, Frome: Man and Materials – solo (touring exhibition).
TristAnn’s Gallery, Dundalk, Ireland – solo.
Oxford Gallery, Oxford – solo.
1997
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge – solo.
Bridge Gallery, Dublin: The Irish Friends of Denis Mitchell – group.
Brewery Arts, Cirencester – solo.
Contemporary Applied Arts, London – group.
1998
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
The Society of Arts and Crafts – group.
1999
Berkeley Square Gallery, London – group.
Tate Gallery, St Ives – with Bernard Leach.
2000
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin – solo.
Scolar Fine Art, London – solo.
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge – with Jim Partridge.
2001
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey – solo.
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
2002
Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin – solo.
2003
Berkeley Square Gallery, London-solo.
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham – with Sir Terry Frost RA and
Sandra Blow RA.
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia – solo.
Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall – solo.
2004
Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin – solo.
Mullan Gallery, Belfast – solo.
2005
The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour – mixed.
Six Chapel Row, Bath – solo.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park – solo.
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge – with Jim Partridge.
2006
Peppercanister Gallery – solo.
Lemon Street Gallery – solo.
Mullan Gallery, Belfast.
2007
Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall.
Lemon Street Gallery at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh – group.
2008
Lemon Street Gallery – group.
Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin.
Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall.
2009
Lemon Street Gallery – solo.
2010
Somerset House, London
2012
Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
2014
Pangolin, London
Dimensions
Height 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Width 37.00 cm (14.57 inches)
External Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
External Width 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Medium
Oil on paper
Signed/Inscribed
Signed / Dated 2006
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