Michael O’Connell



15th march - 24th march

Opening night Friday 15th March, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Exhibition open daily from 10am to 4pm


i.d. is the new body of work from Michael O’Connell. As the title of this exhibition suggests his investigation delves into the concept of identity.  This has included exploration of his identity as an artist and about his perceived place in the art timeline. It has explored his post-modernist homage to, and interpretations of, other artists as he explored the mechanics of the Art World itself.  Michael has explored his identity as a West Australian, both suburban and coastal, as well as the notion of being Australian. The exhibition explores the idea of growing old as well as investigating the role that popular culture, especially television and media, has played in shaping his identity.

It is Michael’s intention to use humour and he is naturally drawn to funny visual paradoxes and puns. Although this may be his primary aim, there is a darker side to interpreting his work and his work is layered with meanings and messages.

Michael is a Western Australian born visual artist. While he considers himself primarily a painter, the use of multi-media, print- making, photography, drawing and sculpture also form part of his personal practice. i.d is his first exhibition featuring an exciting collaboration with renowned photographer Melissa Coleman. Michael has been painting for decades and his career has included numerous solo and group exhibitions. He lives and works in North Fremantle.

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