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Breon O'Casey

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1928-2011

Breon O'Casey was born in London, the son of the playwright Sean O'Casey. In 1937 his family moved from London to Totnes in Devon. Here, Breon attended Dartington School where he was to begin to learn his craft.

Breon O'Casey was a highly productive and much-respected artist for many decades but his public reputation only spread beyond certain art and craft circles in his later years. He has been a jeweller, a painter, an etcher, a weaver, and a sculptor.

For most of his career, Breon O'Casey lived in Cornwall and was  closely associated with the St Ives School of painters and sculptors. He benefited from his friendship with some of the leading artists of his generation such as Peter Lanyon, John Wells and Tony O'Malley. He studied for three years at the Anglo French Art Centre and was assistant to Babara Hepworth from 1959 to 1962. He was also assistant to Denis Mitchell in St Ives.

Although his gold and silver jewellery won him an international reputation, his handwoven creations have been targeted by knowledgeable collectors. His paintings, handmade prints and sculptures are also widely collected.

Public Collections
Include:

Tate Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Arts Council of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland
Cornwall County Council
Crafts Council, London
Dartington Hall, Devon
Leeds Museum & Art Gallery
Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery
Royal Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh

Exhibitions
Include:

1960
Arnolfini, Bristol
1974
British Crafts Centre London
1983
Kruger Gallery, New York, USA
Fulham Gallery, London
1984
Helen Drutt Gallery Philadelphia, USA
Oxford Gallery, Oxford
Ingrid Presser, Germany
1993
Wolf at the Door, Penzance
1993
Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2002
Peppercannister Gallery, Dublin
2003
Berkeley Square Gallery, London
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia
Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall
2004
Peppercannister Gallery, Dublin
Mullan gallery, Belfast
 

Selected Group Exhibitions
Include:

1959
Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives group
1970
Oxford Gallery, Oxford with Bryan Illsley
1992
Narrow water Gallery, Northern Ireland with Carolyn Mulholland
1992
International Handwerkmesse, Munich
1993
Taylor Gallery with Conor Fallon
1997
Bridge Gallery, Dublin: The Irish Friends of Denis Mitchell
1999
Berkeley Square Gallery, London Tate Gallery, St Ives with Bernard Leach
2000
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge with Jim Partridge
2003
New Ashgate Gallery, London with Sir Terry Frost RA & Sandra Blow RA

Publications
Selected Poems, Maurice English, illustrated by Breon OCasey, 1991
Man & Materials Breon OCasey 1998
Breon OCasey, Scolar Press, 1999
A Celtic Artist, Lund Humphries, 2003

  • Bird in Grey by Breon O'Casey
  • Green Planets by Breon O'Casey
  • Triangle Into Square by Breon O'Casey
  • Grey Blue Bird by Breon O'Casey
  • Seated Nude by Breon O'Casey
  • Two Red Flowers by Breon O'Casey
  • Four Blues by Breon O'Casey
  • Violet Figure by Breon O'Casey
  • Blue Moon on Brown by Breon O'Casey
  • Spirals on Sienna by Breon O'Casey
  • Trio by Breon O'Casey
  • Rainforest by Breon O'Casey



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