Born 28th March 1957 Warwickshire, England

Adelaide, Australia from 1969 

Currently lives in Canberra, A.C.T

Solo Exhibitions

2016       Hundstage Watters Gallery, Sydney

2014       Pink Watters Gallery, Sydney

2010       A New Body of Work and Lesser Known Appendages Watters Gallery, Sydney

2009       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, Melbourne

2007       Derek O’Connor: 10 Year selection curated by Mark Van Veen, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

               Reciprocal Translocations 2 Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2006       Paintings Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2005       Collapsible Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2004       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Derek O'Connor: Recent Work Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2002       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

2001       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Reciprocal Translocations First Floor Gallery, Melbourne

2000       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

1999       Pairs Legge Gallery, Sydney

1998       Cabin Fever Lovers Gallery, Melbourne

1997       Cold Stripp Gallery, Melbourne

               New Works Legge Gallery, Sydney          

1996       Paintings Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1995       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

1994       Paintings Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1993       Paintings Legge Gallery, Sydney

1992       Paintings Legge Gallery, SydneY

Group Exhibitions  

2016       War Watters Gallery, Sydney, Ian Howard, Ken Whisson, Richard Larter, Fiona Fell, Ruth Waller, Robert Parr, Euan Macleod, Rew Hanks, Reg                    Mombassa, Ken Searle, Derek O'Connor, Evan Salmon, Steve Harrison, curated by Geoffrey Legge Watters Gallery

2015       B5761626572 M16 Artspace, Canberra Robert Cleworth, Hamilton Darroch, Christoph Preussmann, Paul Uhlmann, Derek O’Connor

2012       Melbourne Artfair 2012 Waters Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2011       Intersections Christoph Preussmann, David Jolly, Johnathan Nichols, Derek O'Connor, Merryn Bowan. Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie,                                Köln,Germany.

               Gleam of Light, curated by Helen Maxwell M16 Gallery, Canberra

2010      The Navigators Lionel Bawden, Penny Byrne, Nicholas Folland, Locust Jones, Rhys Lee, Rob Mchaffie, Derek O’Connor, Alex Spremberg,                          Madonna Staunton. Karen Woodbury Gallery Melbourne

               Audiable Surface GW Bot, Greg Hodge, Kensuke Todo, Derek OConnor , Ria Vavianos, Savanhdary Vongoothorn. M16 Gallery, Canberra ACT

               Art Month Sydney Watters Gallery, Sydney

               Melbourne Artfair 2010 Watters Gallery, Royal Exhiition Building, Melbourne

               Something in the Air - collage and assemblage in Canberra Region Art Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra

               Black and White Monash Gallery of Art Travelling Exhibition (photography)

2009       Derek O’Connor and Richard Larter Works on Paper, Legge Gallery, Sydney

               To whom it may concern: the written word in contemporary art Young- Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Del Kathryn Barton, Lily Hibberd,                          Locust Jones, N ell, Elizabeth Newman, Derek O’Connor, Sanja Pahoki, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

               Blake Prize National Art School, Sydney

               John Bartley, Vivienne Ferguson, Derek O'Connor Legge Gallery, Sydney

2008       The Fall of the Night Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

                Retroactive Curated by Julian Laffan Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2007       Them curated by Steven Zagala, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

                Myself  by Myself  Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

                The Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

                Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

                Prometheus Visual Arts Award All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac, Queensland

2006        Who cares? Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

                Landscape Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

2005        Muswellbrook Open Art Prize Muswellbrook Regional Arts centre, NSW

                Legge Gallery at Big Star Gallery, Adelaide

                Deep Purple, curated by Rosalind Drummond, Manning Clark House, Canberra

               Summer Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

2004       Del Kathryn Barton, Cathy Blanchflower, Derek O’Connor, Monika Tichacek, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

               Melbourne Art Fair 2004 Karen Woodbury & Legge Gallery, Royal exhibition Building, Melbourne

2003       Collage Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Scratch the Surface-Recent Portraiture Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

               Summer Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

               SHIT: Vivienne Binns in collaboration with Derek O’Connor & Geoff Newtown, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2002       It's a beautiful day: New Painting in Australia 2 The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, AGNSW, Sydney  

                Melbourne Art Fair 2002 Legge Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

               The Redlands Westpac Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

                Summer Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

2001        Coincidence: an exhibition of abstract painting:  curated by Geoff Newton, Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra

                Legge Gallery Artists Use Atelier Artists' Acrylics Legge Gallery, Sydney

2000        On the brink: abstraction of the 90s curated by Kelly Gellatly, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

                Seventh Australian Contemporary Art Fair Legge Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

                Ten Years Legge Gallery, Sydney

                Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery, Sydney

1999       Tenants Show Artspace 71, Kingston, Canberra

                Contemporary Australian Paintings from the Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection UTS Sydney 

                 Group Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

                Show (with Peter Vandermark)  Artspace 71, Canberra

                10th Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery, Sydney

                Duo (with John Vella) Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1998       Tenants Show Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra

                Go Home, There’s Nothing to See Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra

                Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

                Christmas Show Legge Gallery, Sydney

1997        Living with Art Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra

                Recent Acquisitions National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

                Alumni Painting Show Photospace, Canberra School of Art, Canberra

                Sanguine Valediction Legge Gallery, Sydney

                Wer Schutzt un Fuor HANSI?  Kunstwerk Kard, Cologne Art Fair 1997, Germany

                First Love: Paintings by Derek O'Connor and Robert Cleworth Legge Gallery, Sydney

1996       Dirty Surface Stripp Gallery, Melbourne

               Snow Stripp Gallery, Melbourne

               Restless and Messy curated by Bala Starr, Contemporary Arts Centre South Australia, Adelaide

               Acquisitions of Contemporary Australian Art National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

               First Love: Paintings by Robert Cleworth and Derek O’Connor Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

               Abstraction Now curated by Simeon Kronenberg, touring exhibition

               Fuss, Gallery Constantinople, Queanbeyan

1995       Drawings Part B Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Carlos Raz Studio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

               Chameleon: A Decade Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Long Gallery, Hobart

               The Derwent Collection: Australian Art of the 1980s and 1990s Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

              Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery, Sydney

1994       Zac Patafta 108 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

               Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

               Artists Don’t Believe in Sanity Clause Legge Gallery, Sydney

1993       Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition

               A Show of Strength Dick Bett Gallery, Tasmania

               Canberra Contemporary Art Fair Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

              The Allen Allen and Hemsley Collection Westpac Gallery, Melbourne

              Tempest Legge Gallery, Sydney

1992       Thickness Legge Gallery, Sydney

1991       When Love Blooms Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Works On Paper Legge Gallery, Sydney

               Group of Five Legge Gallery, Sydney

1990       Works from the Studios Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra

               Sue Andrews, Derek O'Connor, Glenn Murray Legge Gallery, Sydney

1989       Eastern States, Western States Beach Gallery, Perth

1988       Persistent Memories EMR Gallery, Sydney

Grants and Awards

2017       Megalo Artist in Residence program, Megalo, Canberra

2007       Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO) Fellowship, Canberra

2003       Canberra Contemporary Art Space Inaugural Art Prize

1998       Department of Arts and Culture A.C.T Individual Artist Grant, Studio Residency, Cologne, Germany

1995       Pat Corrigan award for exhibition development

1992       Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board Individual Arts Grant

1990       Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Individual Arts Grant 

1988       Lend Lease Painting Award 


ABN AMRO, Renzo Piano Building, Sydney

Allens Arthur Robinson Sydney

Art and Australia


Art Gallery of Ballarat


Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

Derwent Collection, Hobart

Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Victoria

Pan Pacific Collection

RACV Collection, Melbourne

Renzo Piano Building, Sydney

USB, Sydney

Wollongong University Gallery of Art, Sydney

Tamworth Regional Gallery


2010      Deborah Clark exhibition catalogue Something in the Air - collage and Assemblage

              Canberra region.      

 2009     Derek O’Connor, Galleries, Box Office The Age Magazine, Issue #53 Marchp 8

              Hetherington, S: Derek O’Connor, Art World, Issue 7 Feb/Mar, pp 122-125

              Broker, D and Norris, Y: Artnotes, Art Monthly Australia, March # 217, p 55

              Nelson, R: Aesthetic appetite for eating their art out, The Age, 11 March

              Grishin, S: Bold Interventions, The Canberra Times, May 2009

              Ulhman, P: Derek O’Connor, catalogue essay, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

              Gates, M:  Lost in a Kiss, exhibition catalogue essay for commissioned installation at Allens, Arthur Robinson, Deutsche Bank Building, Sydney

2008      Holt, M: Marie Hagerty and Derek O’Connor in Canberra, Art Monthly Australia, Dec 2007-Feb 2008, pp 15-18

             Clarke. D: 25th CAPO Auction, Canberra, p61

              Clarke, D: Reflections: Canberra Museum and Gallery Collection p 57

2007      Grishin, S: Unbridled, hedonistic joy of paint, The Canberra Times 20/11/2007

              Lakin, S: Them, Exhibition Review, Photofile #79

              Van Veen, M: Derek O’Connor 10 Year Selection, Art World, Issue 7 February/March, pp.122-125

2006      Hansen, D: Ominous Modernists, Sightlines, The Age, 24 Nov

Bossy,   J: Derek O’Connor Paintings 2006, exhibition catalogue, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2005      Grishin, Sasha: Inner strength on display, The Canberra Times 29/9/2005

2004      Backhouse, M: Abstract Landscapes, Around the Galleries, A2, The Age, 27 Nov

              Nichols, Jonathon: Derek O’Connor, Catalogue essay

2003       Foster, Ernest: A Public of Individuals No.4 Feb-Apr 2003

               Fern, L.: People at Play, the Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March

               Chapman, Chris: Bette Davis eyes, Art Monthly, no.162 August

               Ashcroft, Michael: Ugly Paintings Are Always Framed, Muse, Dec/Jan 03/04 Issue

               Byrne, Lisa: Catalogue essay, SHIT, Vivienne Binns, Nov-Dec

              Gates, Merryn: Catalogue essay, SHIT, Vivienne Binns, Nov-Dec

              Lamark, Richard: A Public of Individuals No.4 Feb-Apr 2003      

2002       McAuliff,C and Starr, B: It’s a Beautiful Day: New Painting in Australia 2, exhibition catalogue, Ian Potter Museum of  Art, Melbourne touring the                    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

               Loxley, Anne: A Day in the Domain, The Sydney Morning Herald 27/11/2002

2001       ABC: Coast to Coast, television arts program, August

1996       Malone, Gavin: Restless and Messy, Artlink, vol. 17, no. 1

               King, N. and Kronenberg, S.: Abstraction Now, exhibition catalogue, Geelong Art Gallery

               Butterfield, B: Messy and Restless, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, db Magazine issue #131, South Australia

               O’Donall, S: Restless and Messy, exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

1995      Hammond, V: Chameleon: A Decade, exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Art Services, Tasmania, Hobart

             Hammond, V.:The Derwent Collection: Australian Art of the 1980s and 1990s Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery,  Hobart

1994      Cato, N. (Ed): Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Australian Commercial Galleries Association, Melbourne

1993      Heathcote, Christopher: Moet & Chandon, review, The Age

              Heathcote, Christopher: Contemporary Australian Paintings, The Age

              Annear, Judy: Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, catalogue, Melbourne

              Mendelssohn, Joanna: Popping the Cork, The Bulletin, March

1990      Haynes, Peter: The Land Sited, Unreal City, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, no.1

              Haynes, Peter: Reviews, Art Monthly, September 1990

Professional Activities

Currently employed Part Time National Gallery of Australia, Installations Department

Part-time lecturer at the Canberra School of Art, Core/Complimentary Studies, 1998-9

Artist in residence ANU School of Art 2007