Martin O'Connor showcases vivid portraits at BAYarts this month

"Solace," an oil-on-canvas by Martin O'Connor.

The BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery is now hosting the artwork of Martin O'Connor. A 1990 graduate of Westlake High School, O'Connor has remained a local resident. His oil paintings for his series, simply and astutely titled, "New Work", are all portraiture.

Gallery director Eileen Stockdale says of O'Connor, "He has an artistic insight into design and composition but he is also disciplined about the technique of portraiture and oil painting. When he combines all of this, he has a very sophisticated approach."

The exhibition runs throughout the month of July, and the opening reception takes place on Friday, July 11, from 7-9 p.m. Live on stage will be He-Chaw Funk. Interestingly, a member of this self-described "dark hillbilly rock" band is one of the subjects of O'Connor's portraits.

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is a professional writer and a volunteer at BAYarts.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.08.2014