‘It is the tool which gives the texture, not me. And that gives the character which only a hand-crafted piece has.’
Sandra Higgins is delighted to be collaborating with the Stoneman Gallery to bring an exciting exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Breon O’Casey. This intimate show at Sandra’s Gallery Petit salon in Chelsea will showcase an exclusive selection of works previously unseen in London.
Born and raised in London, Breon O’Casey studied at the Anglo-French Art Centre in London, where teaching focused heavily on Matisse, Braque and Miró. He moved to St. Ives in Cornwall in 1959, after seeing a film about Alfred Wallis, the British primitive painter. There he worked for and alongside such leading lights as Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson and Bernard Leach.
The son of the playwright Seán O’Casey and actress Eileen O’Casey, Breon was a versatile and poetic artist, gaining success in a wide range of media. Throughout his career, he has been included in a number of important exhibitions in the UK and abroad: beginning with a solo show at Somerville College, Oxford in 1954, to the Tate Gallery in St Ives and the Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall. Until his death in May 2011, he was one of the last living artists from the inﬂuential St. Ives School of Painters and Sculptors.
Internationally acclaimed for his jewellery and weaving, O’ Casey eventually concentrated more on sculpture and painting. His approach to seeing and making art was both poetic and simple, with a philosophy that was rooted in the past and a fascination with ancient and non-Western art. His work, often referencing a bird motif and other signifiers, paid homage to the work of George Braque. In addition, the primitive style of some of his sculpture echoes the Celtic mood of Cornwall. Re-engaging with his Irish roots towards the end of his life, he spent some time in County Mayo painting abstract landscapes.
It has been a pleasure to work with the Breon O’Casey estate in putting together this wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture.
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