Breon O'Casey

1928 - 2011

Breon O’Casey, was one of the last survivors of the St Ives School of Art. He worked with and alongside artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Ben Nicholson. His desire to paint was always the driving force, but he found himself taking to other techniques such as jewellery, printmaking, weaving and then later in life, sculpture. Although the mediums seem diverse, threaded through all of his work is the integrity of his poetic simplicity, the interest in the objects around him, and the striving to distill, often by repetition, such as these simplified bird motifs which often appear in his work.

Breon O’Casey’s work is rooted in traditional methods but has a unique quality. “There is nothing new under the sun, but an infinity of arrangements.”