John’s Work Featured in American Artwork 2018 Catalog

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in New | 0 comments

American Artwork 2018 Annual, Juried Catalog Of New Work

American Artwork is a curated, online gallery and an annual published review of new paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramic, woodwork, photography and prints. Over the past fifteen years, the gallery has featured the work of over 300 emerging and mid-career artists.

John O’Connor’s artwork is featured on page 53 of the 2018 edition. To view John’s work via online PDF viewer, please visit American Artwork and scroll to page #53.

For inquiries about sales and/or custom commissions, contact John.

To purchase the book, follow this link American Artwork 2018 Catalog.

White Lies Matter series

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in artwork, Continuing Projects, News | Comments Off on White Lies Matter series

"End Run," 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

“End Run,” 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

"Mission accomplished," 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

“Mission accomplished,” 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media









"The Junior Varsity," 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

“The Junior Varsity,” 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

"USAUSA," 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media

“USAUSA,” 15 inches by 12 inches, mixed media











Beginning in the early 1960s, John A. O’Connor, “the punning, painting, pedagogue” began a series of paintings, drawings, and works on paper that included satire, social criticism, and anti-mainstream commentary on a variety of issues. Taking his lead from artists like Hieronomus Bosch (The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Last Judgment, and The Haywein Triptych) William Hogarth (A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress) and Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Los Disparates [The follies, The Proverbs, and/or The Dreams]; Los Disastres de la Guerra; and, especially The Black Paintings), O’Connor initiated a second side to his better-known work (Bay Area Figurative). Including word-plays made with stencils, irreverent dialog, and a take on the more serious works by Jasper Johns, O’Connor started to develop a group of themes and images that would recur throughout his career and subsequently lead to the current series, White Lies Matter.

This series of “fake slates” explores many popular misconceptions that we all share about what is really going on in our lives. A symbol of the only Irish pub on communist soil at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba “where it don’t gitmo better than this,” and Bill Clinton’s “little blue dress” episode looks downright insignificant when compared to JFK’s exploits, and the real story behind Obama’s “red line in Syria,” White Lies Matter exposes the cover ups, lies, and cynicism of 21st America.

Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Archive, Continuing Projects, Current Projects | Comments Off on Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College

Nitty Jayaswal

Nitin Jayaswal


Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College


Region4.1.0 at Santa Fe College

Can art play an important role in promoting a call to action by educating the public and raising awareness? We believe that Region4: Transformation Through Imagination, an exhibition organized in 2012 by oconnorartLLC and the Superfund Art Project did just that.
The current exhibition, Region4.1.0: Remediation, is a report card on the progress that has been made and the problems that remain to be addressed. We haven’t forgotten what’s at stake and wish to remind the citizens of our community that to get results we have to educate ourselves and take appropriate action to protect our health and safety and to insure the sustainability of our homes, our neighborhoods, and the natural resources that we enjoy.
After decades of frustration and delay, remediation has finally begun on the Koppers Superfund Site located near the Stephen Foster Neighborhood in Northeast Gainesville, Florida. As of February 2014, there were 1,322 Superfund sites on the EPA National Priorities List. Of those, 375 have so far been cleaned up. No wonder it has taken over three decades to bring environmental justice to the Stephen Foster Neighborhood.

Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Archive, Current Projects | Comments Off on Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

Sandhill Cranes Calling

Sandhill Cranes Calling

Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

Mallory has organized a new art exhibition to celebrate the re-opening of The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center in Gainesville. The exhibit, “Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now,” includes the work of 22 contemporary Florida artists as well as prints by early artist-naturalists such as William Bartram and John James Audubon. The exhibit will be on display at The Doris, 1315 South Main Street, Gainesville, through December 11. Gallery hours are wednesday through sunday 1-5 p.m.  John did the design work for the brochure. The opening reception attracted over 200 people. There will be a “Field Notes Workshop” by Chris Burney on November 8, 1-4 pm and a photo safari with Jeff Ripple on Nov 29, 1-4 pm. The fee for the workshops is $15. ($10 . for Doris members) payable at the door. Come join us at The (New) Doris!

John and Mallory Attend the Dedication of the Gary R. Libby Gallery at UF

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in artwork | Comments Off on John and Mallory Attend the Dedication of the Gary R. Libby Gallery at UF


Here we are with our friend Duncan Connelly. Great evening!

Mallory and John were among hundreds of UF College of the Arts alumni, supporters and longtime friends of the college and of UF alumnus Gary R. Libby gathered at the School of Art + Art History on Sept. 18, 2015 for the dedication of the Gary R. Libby Gallery. John was honored as a  member of the founding board of the Gallery Guild Art Society. 

Previously known as Focus Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery is one of the school’s three on-campus art galleries. The 850-square-foot gallery is located adjacent to the lobby of the School of Art + Art History’s Fine Art Building C and presents student-curated exhibitions as well as a range of other curated exhibitions designed to stimulate interest in broad areas within the arts.

UF Loop E-newsletter

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in artwork | Comments Off on UF Loop E-newsletter

Take a look at an interview with John at

Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Current Projects | Comments Off on Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now

chris2A Wildlife Art Exhibition and Related Programs

Oct. 30 – December 11, 2015

The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center


The upcoming year will be a very exciting time for friends of John and William Bartram because 2015 is the 250th anniversary of their first visit to Georgia and Florida. In response to this anniversary, I am currently organizing an exhibit of wildlife art—painting and photography—for the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center in Gainesville. The Doris—as it’s affectionately called—is a new art center that enjoys broad-based community support. The center is re-opening in Fall, 2015, after purchasing and renovating a new facility and is planning a re-opening “gala” that will feature an art exhibit, music, a reception and other attractions. The gala is currently scheduled for November 11, 2015.


North Central Florida is filled with natural beauty and is a popular eco-tourist destination. The community is proud of its natural resources and is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest as well as the Harn Museum of Art. Art and Nature are the strengths of our region. That’s why I decided to focus on Artist-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now as the subject for the opening exhibition. I am borrowing several facsimile prints of works by William Bartram, Mark Catesby and J.J. Audubon from the University of Florida library to include in the exhibit along with works by 15 contemporary Florida wildlife artists.


Artist Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now is scheduled to be on display in the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center Gallery, October 30 through December 11, 2015. This exhibit explores the rich history of wildlife art in Florida throughout the past 250 years including works by contemporary Florida wildlife artists, and will be a lead-in to the new Wildlife Art Festival that will be held on the grounds of The Doris next year in October. We are planning a series of workshops/lectures that will take place in Gainesville during the exhibition period.


For more information on the exhibit and related programs, go to:


The Blackboard Variations

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Archive, gallery openings, John OConnor, News | Comments Off on The Blackboard Variations

The Blackboard Variations, an exhibition of paintings by artist John A. O’Connor, on display at the News-Journal Center, Daytona Beach, Florida, June 15-September 2, 2015

Daytona Show- Mozart

The News-Journal Center hosted a summer-long exhibit of paintings by Gainesville artist John A. O’Connor. A University of Florida faculty member for thirty-six years before his retirement in 2005, O’Connor has had thirty-six solo exhibitions of his work, has been included in over 200 group shows and is represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art, Daytona State College, and by the Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust.

Since 1985, the Blackboard paintings have been the predominant form of John O’Connor’s art. Working in a style that the artist calls “Conceptual Realism,” O’Connor explores the nature of reality and the “virtual reality” of illusion. Using acrylic paint on Sintra, O’Connor creates blackboard images as a means of conveying information on a variety of subjects from the mundane to the absurd to the transcendent.

The News-Journal Center exhibition was comprised of seventeen paintings that explore music, dance, theatre and film. In contrast to the visual arts, which consist of objects that are intended to endure unchanged through time, the performing arts are transitory, alive in the moment and then gone. Even when recorded, they can be re-experienced only in a different format. O’Connor’s blackboards capture both the permanence of the image and the ephemeral nature of the performance. The title of the exhibition, The Blackboard Variations, is a play of words based on the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Goldberg Variations.

In 2005, New York Times art critic William Zimmer wrote of O’Connor’s paintings: “The power of trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) is that it presents its ephemera as lasting for eternity, while blackboards are erased leaving palimpsests. They can hold any kind of content even the absurd kind, as they implicitly state that they are records of the transient nature of thought and ideas.”

“In The Blackboard Variations,” says O’Connor, “I invite the viewer to enter an environment of palimpsests: ghosts of gestures, the residue of images and words linking thoughts and concepts. Like music, theatre, dance and film, these blackboards ask the viewer to question both the concept of time, and the nature of reality itself.”

Partners in art & history

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Archive | Comments Off on Partners in art & history

As they worked on an art exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, husband-and-wife team John and Mallory O’Connor have found their own fountain of youth of sorts: sharing their passion for art and art history with each other — and the public.

After Mallory stepped down as a professor and gallery curator at Santa Fe College in 2005, she and John, an artist and art professor emeritus at UF, pooled their talents into an art consulting business, O’Connor Art, LLC. Together, they offer such services as organizing and curating exhibits, art gallery administration, and helping artists market their works. John O’Connor also continues to work as a painter and printmaker. His art has been part of more than 200 exhibitions in the United States and Europe – including their current joint venture, “The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology, and Art,” on display now through June 22 at the Thomas Center Gallery.

Continue reading at the Gainesville Sun website.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Archive | Comments Off on Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

A Traveling Version of the Exhibit
Organized by oconnorartLLC
For information contact: Mallory O’Connor, Exhibition Curator

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States—the 500th anniversary of the time that began when Juan Ponce de León and his crew walked ashore on Florida’s east coast and named it La Florida. To celebrate the Quincentennial of the arrival Ponce de León and the beginning of the European settlement of the region, the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosted The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art, an art exhibit organized by oconnorartLLC, curated by Mallory O’Connor and jointly hosted by the Thomas Center Galleries and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The joint exhibitions were on display from March through June in Gainesville. The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.

“Thank you Mallory for lending us your exhibit.  Everyone enjoyed it immensely and it was fun to see people talking about the exhibit.  Everyone saw something different in this exhibit.”

-Stephanie Haimes

Library Director

W.T. Bland Public Library

Now you can bring the traveling version of this landmark exhibition to your community. The traveling version of the exhibition can easily be hosted by smaller venues such as libraries, art centers/museums, schools or other facilities with limited exhibition space. The traveling exhibit will be available beginning October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

There is no fee for the exhibit. Host venues are required to pay shipping costs and to have insurance coverage during the exhibition period.

The online exhibit will be featured at the Alachua County Library District from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 and at the Fort Lauderdale Library District March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth Traveling Exhibition Specifications

  • The traveling exhibit consists of 44 plastic panels.
  • 33 20” x 25” high-resolution photographs of individual art works by outstanding Florida artists included the Quest exhibition (with panels}
  • 11 16” x 21” text pa
  • 1 15” x 44” title p
  • DVD of promotional materials and the Family Guide to the Exhibit

The panels are ready to install and can be hung individually or grouped to suit the requirements of the host venue’s wall space. They can be hung on walls, hung from molding or attached to walls using Velcro.

There is no rental fee for this exhibition. The organizers request that host venues pay shipping costs of approximately $250.00 and maintain insurance on the exhibit during the exhibition period and in transit. The show is packed in one 28” x 28” x 16” box for easy handling and can be shipped by UPS or Fed X or by courier.

Each host venue will receive a DVD of promotional materials. We also have a “Family Guide” to the exhibit available on disk that you can download and print.

For an exhibition preview and instructions on how to book the show go to and click on Quest for the Fountain of Youth or contact Mallory O’Connor at

How to book this show:

Available dates: October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015


  • August 1 – September 30, 2014
  • October 1 – November 30, 2014
  • January 5– February 25, 2015 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters
  • March 1 –  April 30, 2015 at Fort Lauderdale Public Library
  • Additional dates in 2015 may be available. Contact Mallory if you are interested in booking at a later date.

Please email the following information to

Name of organization
Choice of dates
Contact person
Phone number
Email address
Delivery address
Business hours
I understand that there is NO FEE for this exhibit, however I agree to pay for shipping the exhibit and to provide insurance coverage in the amount of $3,000. while the exhibit is on display and during transit.

We will contact you to confirm dates and delivery time.
Thank you for your interest in Quest for the Fountain of Youth.