Born in Warwickshire, England in 1957, Derek O’Connor moved to Adelaide in 1969, and today lives and works in Canberra.
Watters Gallery, Sydney and Nancy Server Gallry in Canberra represent Derek. He has held solo exhibitions at Watters, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), Karen Woodbury, Legge Gallery, Sydney and at Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra. His most recent exhibition When He’s at Home He’s a Tourist was shown at CCAS in December 2017. Other recent solo exhibition include Hundstag, Watters Gallery (2016), Pink, Watters Gallery (2014) Lost in a Kiss Commissioned Installation, (2009 & 2010) Allens Arthur Robinson, Deutsche Bank Building, Sydney While you were art, new prints Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra, Paintings Karen Woodbury Gallery and Derek O’Connor: 10 Year selection curated by Mark Van Veen, Canberra Museum and Gallery (2007).
He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including the 20 Years of Collecting, CMAG, Canberra (2018), B5761626572 (2015), M16 Gallery, Canberra
Velocity, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (2014) Blake Prize, National Art School, Sydney (2009), Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, New South Wales (2007); Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (finalist) (2007); Del Kathryn Barton, Cathy Blanchflower, Derek O’Connor and Monika Tichacek, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2004); Scratch the Surface: Recent Portraiture, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (2003); It’s a Beautiful Day: New Painting in Australia 2, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2002-03); The Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, New South Wales (2003); On the Brink: Abstraction of the 90s, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2000).
Over the past decade, Derek has received several grants and awards. Of particular note are the Capo Fellowship Award, Canberra (2007); Canberra Contemporary Art Space Inaugural Art Prize (2003); Individual Artist Grant, Department of Arts and Culture, Canberra (1998); and the Pat Corrigan Award for Exhibition Development (1995).
His work is held in major public galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Woolongong University and the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, as well as important private and corporate collections such as ABN AMRO, Allens Arthur Robinson Renzo Piano Building, Sydney; Art and Australia; Artbank; RACV Art Collection; Pan Pacific Collection; and Austcorp.