Harold O’Connor is an American artist practicing in Salida, USA. O’Connor mastered his skills as a jeweller through numerous international institutions including the National Arts And Crafts School in Copenhagen and Fachochschule Fur Gestaltung in Pforzheim. As an active member of the jewellery community, O’Connor has participated in over 200 group exhibitions, conducted workshops in 14 countries and published several books on jewellery techniques. His artistic practice focuses upon using traditional techniques of metalwork in a contemporary way.
StatementI approach jewelry making as a fine art. I enjoy working with diverse materials for their aesthetic value, NOT their intrinsic value. My work over the years has focused upon using traditional techniques of metalwork in a contemporary way. My works are sculptural in nature as my influences are inspired from living and past sculptures working in stone, wood and metal. I create small objects which happen to be wearable. Other influences in my art come from my travels to exotic lands, interaction with nature, and reaction to facets of society.
During the last two years, I have experimented with a vaccum casting machine utilizing plastic sheets. The sheets are heats and then formed over ridig stone or other forms by heat/vaccum pressure. These forms are then cast into silver or gold and then finished in conventional means. Other works are a continuation of my current investigation of the granulation process.
Exhibition 29 Apr 2021 - 29 May 2021 The Quiet Beauty and Resplendence of Harold O'Connor.
Exhibition 15 Nov 2020 - 09 Jan 2021 Patina Presents: A Season of Gratitude.
Exhibition 31 May 2020 - 01 Jul 2020 A Curated Collection of Harold O'Connor.
Exhibition 19 Nov 2019 - 23 Nov 2019 The Art of the Ring. Revisited & Redefined.
Exhibition 07 Nov 2019 - 03 Jan 2020 Connections/Connessioni.
Exhibition 06 Apr 2019 - 11 May 2019 New Work by Harold O'Connor.
Exhibition 08 Dec 2018 - 31 Jan 2019 Spotlight Exhibitions for 40th Year Celebration.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2017 - 28 May 2018 Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection..
Workshop 23 May 2016 - 27 May 2016 Contemporary Methods of silver/gold granulation by Harold O’Connor.
Exhibition 01 Oct 2014 - 01 Nov 2014 The 40th Anniversary of the Aaron Faber Gallery.
Exhibition 02 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 The Art of The Ring.
Workshop 07 Jul 2014 - 26 Sep 2014 Le Arti Orafe Intensive and Summer Courses.
Exhibition 07 Dec 2013 - 31 Jan 2014 Objects of Status, Power & Adornment Part II.
Exhibition 09 Nov 2013 - 29 Nov 2013 Harold O'Connor: Spotlight.
Workshop 27 May 2013 - 29 May 2013 Harold O’Connor: Granulation.
Exhibition 15 Nov 2012 - 29 Dec 2012 Contemporary visions of the necklace and Art for the ear / Art of the ring.
Workshop 07 May 2012 - 09 May 2012 Harold O’Connor: Granulation.
Exhibition 13 Sep 2011 - 12 Nov 2011 Objects of Status, Power and Adornment.
Exhibition 20 Oct 2010 - 26 Oct 2010 LOOT! 2010.
Exhibition 29 Oct 2008 - 30 Nov 2008 The pendant show.
Adriana RadulescuWashington, D.C., United States
Liana PattihisLondon, United Kingdom
Yukiko KakimotoKyoto, Japan
Julia deVilleMelbourne, Australia
Kim NogueiraSaint John, United States
Karin van PaassenHook of Holland, Netherlands
Lorena LazardMexico City, Mexico
Sílvia Serra AlbaladejoBarcelona, Spain
Fumiko GotôBasel, Switzerland
Maria KiialainenBerlin, Germany
Lydia HirteDresden, Germany
Jieyi SunLoughborough, United Kingdom
Helen Clara HemsleyCopenhagen, Denmark
Letizia MaggioFontanafredda, Italy
Vania RuizViña del Mar, Chile