About Felicity O’Connor

“Landscape is the beginning point of inspiration for me but back in the studio, the work quickly moves on from being representational, to a process of ‘borrowing’ ideas, marks and relationships from that place. I believe that my work should convey how I’ve experienced both the landscape and the making of the work. Painting for me isn’t about carefully arranging and planning something that is appealing or representational, but more about exposing my true involvement with making that painting and creating something new in that moment”.

Felicity O’Connor

Felicity O’Connor is a represented artist with the Walcha Art Gallery in New South Wales. After completing her year 12 art, she studied life drawing for three years and from here it was the stylistic qualities of abstract art that continually spoke to her spirit.

Like many of the abstract expressionist painters of the mid-21st century, Felicity generally uses acrylic or oils to make a painting that can show the moment of genuine involvement with creating that work. It is not possible to think about this moment, it can only be felt, followed and allowed.

Felicity has had numerous exhibitions over 25 years as a professional artist, including an award history being a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize, the Blacktown Art Prize, the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the Kings School Art Prize, and the John Viller’s Outback Art Prize. She has also been an eight times finalist in the Gosford Art Prize as well as many other recent awards and accolades.

One of her greatest achievements was to be awarded a commission of 75 works for the Sir Norman Foster Building, ‘Lumiere’, Regents Place, Sydney in 2006.

At times, working with her canvas or paper on the floor allows Felicity to gain a certain freedom and spontaneity with the paint and mark making. This is important to the visual rhythm in the work and moves intentionally away from the traditional western perspective of a horizon line and closer to the Australian indigenous perspective which she finds more direct and energetic. She paints with an urgency and intensity, often using music in the studio to uplift her.

Felicity has had numerous exhibitions over 25 years as a professional artist, including an award history being a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize, the Blacktown Art Prize, the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the Kings School Art Prize, and the John Viller’s Outback Art Prize. She has also been an eight times finalist in the Gosford Art Prize as well as many other recent awards and accolades.

In 2021 Felicity was accepted into the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and is pursuing further study there.

Felicity O’Connor B.A., M.A., Post Grad psych.

Solo exhibitions

2019 ‘Things of natural origin’, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain Sydney
2018 ‘My Wilderness’, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain Sydney
2017 ‘Clouds & dirt: Australian landscapes’ Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain Sydney
2017 ‘Clouds & dirt: Australian landscapes’ Gallery Klei, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 ‘Five at the Finke’, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha, NSW.
2021 ‘After the Ashes’, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain Sydney.
2020 ‘Painting Journeys’, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha, NSW.
2019 ‘Land & Sea’, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha, NSW.
2017, 2018, 2019 Packsaddle, New England Regional Art Museum 2016, 2017, 2018 Group show, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain, Sydney.
2016 ‘A Social Landscape’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2016 ‘Room for Art’, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2016 ‘The Yellow Board’, Fundraiser for The Cancer Council. The Space Gallery, Sydney.
2015 ‘Gestures’, Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill.
2015 ‘Elements’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2015 ‘Women Beneath the surface’, Art Shine Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney.
2014 ‘Along Those Lines’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2014 4 + 1 / 1 + 4 Group Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2011 ‘Christmas Show’, Gallery 41, Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
2011 ‘The Way We See It’, Group Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2007 – 2019 Annual 5 Lands Walk and exhibition, Avoca Beach, NSW. 2007 & 2008 ‘Art for Ethiopia’, Red Door Gallery, Sydney.
2005 ‘Abstract Works’, Red Door Gallery, Sydney.

Art Awards
2021 Finalist – Bay of Fires Art Prize
2019 Winner – First prize ‘Art in the Open’
2019 Finalist – John Villier’s Outback prize
2019, 2018, 2016 Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize 2018 Finalist – Muswellbrook Art Prize.
2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008 & 2006 Finalist – Gosford Art Prize. 2018, 2017 Finalist – Kings School prize
2016 Finalist – Australian Korean Foundation Art Prize (KAAF) (Judged by John McDonald).
2015 Highly Commended – Contemporary Art Prize.
2015 Finalist – Blacktown Art Prize (Judged by Edmund Capon).
2015 Finalist – Hornsby Art Prize.
2015 Highly Commended – Art Shine Gallery, ‘Works on board’.
2012, 2000,1999 Finalist – Waverley Art Prize.
2009 Highly Commended – Art in the Vines, Hunter Valley.
2006 Awarded Commission, 75 works for Sir Norman Foster building, ‘Lumiere’, Regent Place, Sydney.
2000 Finalist – Willoughby City Contemporary Art Prize.
1999 Highly Commended – Lane Cove Art Award, Lane Cove.

Publications:
Rees, J. 2016. Contemporary Art Awards: Finalist Exhibition 2015. 23 January-23 June 2016, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, Queensland.