Peter O'Connor at Metcalfe Fine Art
My name is Peter O’Connor although I sign all my painting with my late mother’s maiden name ‘Metcalfe’. My painting style could be described as expressive as I like the viewer to be able to recognise the subject matter but also realise instantly that it is a painting and not a photograph. I like to celebrate and show off the materials made to create the painting and the range of colours that are hidden to the naked eye in everyday scenes.
To keep people’s interest in my painting I copy snapshots of daily events such as, shopping events, manual workers and various popular meeting places where people just want to chat.
Commission work is also very satisfying whether its Portraits of people or family pets, painting images of people’s property, churches used for weddings, or other buildings that have special memories. It is great to create something that will be part of people’s life for many years to come.
As most of my work is related to buildings I like to get some sort of perspective in my initial drawings and take it from there. Lately I tend to block in the buildings on a prepared canvas grounded with a mid tone wash. I then glaze colours on to try and get a depth to the painting and finally finish off with heavier impasto strokes for highlights.
I love studying the work of some of the great old master impressionist painters like Monet, Manet, Cezanne and so on. There are some great contemporary artists also who can give great inspiration. My particular favourites are the works from Walter Osborne, portraits from John Sargent and great street scenes from Paris by Edouard Cortes.
Cortes in my estimation has a great understanding of colour and I love using bright and warm colours which I believe helps to keep the interest of the viewer when looking at the painting.I think my work differs from other artists by my use of colours as well as some of the subject matter choices I make, and my distinctive style.
I am available for commissions for all types including portraiture, houses, street scenes etc. whatever you fancy. An Oil painting is a wonderful gift for any occasion as it can last forever and be passed down through the generations to come.