Michael O'Connell, 'Steinberg and Squares',  painting on cotton

Michael O'Connell, 'Steinberg and Squares', painting on cotton


H: 167cm (65.7")W: 264cm (103.9")

Michael O'Connell,  'Steinberg and Squares' , mid century paste resist painting on cotton. 159 x 209cm 

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