Campanile, Christmas 2015
Archival Inkjet Print
11 1/2 x 40 inches
BIO: Frank O’Connor is a multi-media artist from Buffalo, NY. He has an MA in art history from Notre Dame and an MFA in painting from North Carolina at Greensboro, and further post-graduate work at the School of Visual Arts and Binghamton University. A dual citizen with Ireland, he has also done full-time graduate study at University College Dublin, where he conducted in depth research into the history of Irish non-representational painting since 1960, meeting first-hand with most of those involved in making that history. Recent projects include his two-hundred foot long Serpent of Dreams installation at Artpark and his Sinisteria Coloria at the Charles Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca. O’Connor has previously taught at both Binghamton University and SUNY- Brockport. His work is in collections from China, across America, and on to Ireland
STATEMENT: Much of my most recent work evolves from relatively ordinary photographs, which are subsequently transformed within the computer into uncannily large, yet sharply focused, images. Multiple details are combined manually, merging together as many as ten separate images, to form a composite picture considerably more refined than any single photograph. In a very real way, they are trompe l’oeil in the best sense. These large-scale images provide the viewer with what should be there, offering a high-definition view of the reality we want to see.