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Gibberd Gallery Hosts Michael O’Connell Retrospective

Lifestyle / Wed 18th Sep 2013 pm30 01:02pm

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A ground breaking exhibition of large scale hangings and textiles by Michael O’Connell are being exhibited for the first time in Britain at the Gibberd Gallery. O’ Connell taught in Harlow and Ware and lived and worked with artists locally in Perry Green. He was a key figure in contemporary textile design. This exhibition will showcase works spanning his career with additional notebooks and memorabilia. One of O’Connell’s last living exhibitions was held at the Harlow Playhouse in 1973. Forty years later Harlow once again plays host to the broad and eclectic work of the internationally acclaimed artist.

The show illustrates O’Connell’s uniquely formulated techniques for resist and batik dyeing. A technique where he would paste dye onto fabric creating the design and then dye the entire piece. Only after washing and scrubbing the fabric was the design and vibrant colours revealed.

Curator Corrina Dunlea said, ‘We are proud to be the first gallery in Britain to exhibit nearly 30 textile hangings of Michael O’Connell the innovator of a technique and style ahead of his time.’

The Gibberd Gallery are hosting a private view of the exhibition tomorrow night from 18:30 -20:30 in the gallery, here also will be a walk and talk from Harriet Edquist author of ‘The Lost Modernist’ about his life and works on Saturday 21st at 1pm tickets £2

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