M. O'Connell (1898-1976) 'Figures andTowers' paste resist on cotton

M. O'Connell (1898-1976) 'Figures andTowers' paste resist on cotton


H: 125cm (49.2")W: 186cm (73.2")

Michael O'Connell (1898-1976) 'Figures and Towers' paste resist on cotton 125 x 186cm 

Michael O'Connell (1898 – 1976) was an English modernist artist who worked in Australia between World War I and World War II and then in England. He is best known as a textile artist with significant works held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life, the National Gallery of Australia etc... He was commissioned to produce a very large 56 meters long wall hanging for the Festival of Britain.

O'Connell focused on the wall hanging or 'painted tapestry' as a form of contemporary, democratic and transportable mural art where he used a mixture of lino blocks and freehand painting with paste resist.

ref. Edquist, Harriet (2011). Michael O'Connell: The Lost Modernist. Melbourne, Australia