Danny O’Connor Studio Visit

Our man Liam Keown has been over to catch up with Danny O’Connor in the studio.

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“My studio is a slightly fancy garden shed at the bottom of my garden. I was banished here from the warmth of the spare room when my daughter Ava was born and I was swiftly kicked out. She’s been bossing me about ever since.”

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“It’s great to have a place to work so close to home as it ties in well with family life. Some people say they need a separation from home and work, which I can understand at times but I feel this works for me at this time in my life.”

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“My process varies from piece to piece but I do tend to throw a lot of paint around which can be tricky in a small studio. In the summer months, I’m able to take canvases into the garden and enjoy some extra space.”

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“Having a studio is great, primarily just for storage, the pots of paint, brushes and large canvases soon build up so you need somewhere to keep them. If for some reason I couldn’t have a studio any longer I suppose I’d have to adapt, maybe work smaller, do more drawings or something like that. I’ve heard people say things like “oh if I had a big studio it would be so much easier to produce work” which might be true, but if you consider yourself to be a creative person then you need to think creatively about how you can work with what’s at your disposal.”

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“I enjoy seeing the space evolve over time as the paint drips and spills build up on the walls and floor. It’s a layering process which gives character and hints at a story of the past. This is very much similar to the way I paint canvases, building layer upon layer.”

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“I grow attached to my studios, It was quite sad to leave ‘The Spare room’ although it was nice to see it transform into a nursery and I still have fond memories of my messy little workspace when I was studying art in college aged 16. The current space still has a bit of life in it yet and it will be exciting to see what I can create in there in the future.”

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