Breon O'Casey

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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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BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)
Black Square
O’Casey’s long career saw him master each medium with a painstaking dedication, borne from his constant focus on the creative process itself. N...
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Art World Gallery
BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)
Dark Red Bird
O’Casey’s long career saw him master each medium with a painstaking dedication, borne from his constant focus on the creative process itself. N...
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Art World Gallery
BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)
Four Blacks
O’Casey’s long career saw him master each medium with a painstaking dedication, borne from his constant focus on the creative process itself. N...
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BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)
October Day
£2250
Milne & Moller
BREON O'CASEY (1928-2011)
Tristan and Iseult Dark Blue Circle 1995
£3950
Milne & Moller