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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
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