Denis O’Connor’s sculpture ranges from public monuments to the most private and intimate narratives. Collaborations with poets and architects are a crucial component of his practice. His work is represented in all our major art museum collections and he has completed prestigious public commissions throughout New Zealand.
O’Connor has been the recipient of many significant awards, including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at Otago University, the Moet & Chandon Art Fellowship in France, the Rathcoola Fellowship in Ireland and in 2016 a Blumhardt Foundation residency in Australia.
Denis is an established writer and has published numerous commissioned texts in New Zealand art books, catalogues and magazines. He has been the subject of two feature documentary films: ‘The Stones on my Tongue’ (2004) and ‘Mindspaces: The Artists Studio’ (2014). He has published two monographs: ‘Big Aitche, Little Aitche’ (Gow Langsford Gallery 1999) and ‘What the Roof Dreamt’ (Two Rooms Gallery 2007). A third monograph, ‘The Tangler’, is due 2017.