About The Artist
|Maureen O'Connor has
been called a "masterful painter of our favorite things" by Randi
Hopkins of the Boston Phoenix who is a former Assistant Curator at the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She has been painting and exhibiting in the Boston area since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art in 1981, where she studied with landscape painter, George Nick. She also studied with Jason Berger, painter and founder of the Direct Vision movement in Boston. Her work carries on the tradition of direct observation passed on by these two distinguished teachers.
In her recent work, O'Connor takes as a subject matter unusual, sometimes quirky objects often called "tchotskes"(russian spelling),as well as cookies and candy and combines them with her continued interests in lemons. The ducks series is known for it anthropomorphic quality and has been compared to the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Her work is on the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments, Boston Public Library, Biogen, Cellular One, Very Fine Juices. Many distinguished Boston law firms own works by O'Connor including Hale and Dorr, Seyfarth Shaw, Goodwin and Procter of Boston and New York.
She is in the private collections of Bruce Dayton, owner of Target and a great benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mrs Bradford Standish, trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts and Sydney Roberts Rockefeller.
Her work has appeared in film in the David Mamet Production, Lipservice, filmed in Boston. She has received commissions from Fidelity Investments, SAP America and the Art Institute of Boston.
She has been chosen two years in a row for the Boston Arts Festival (2003 & 2004), juried by curators from area art museums and institutions.
In March of 2005 she will have a solo exhibition in honor of Women's History Month at the Mayor's Gallery, Boston City Hall.
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