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Zen O’Conor

Zen copyRef ZO1  “Kitty” – Oil Painting 30 x 40 cm. Framed 38 x 48cm. £350
This is the result of collaboration with my partner Izzy during her visit to see me in Boston USA. We both met at Angel Academy of Art where we studied the methods of the old masters. We were taught strong theory behind geometry and composition as well as techniques used by Caravaggio. Both having developed a critical eye, we often work together in order to help improve each other’s work.

Ref ZO3  “Awoken” – Oil Painting 30 x 40 cm. Framed 38 x 48cm. £350
Inspired by years of figure and anatomy studies I decided I wanted to create something unique. This painting was created as part of a series, which helped stretch my creative boundaries. I wanted to do something that conveyed emotion and was not completely reliant on a model. The series used real models as reference but were painted as if they were under water and with a slumber feel. This particular painting captures the moment of awakening.

Ref ZO10  “Little Redhood” – Oil Painting 30 x 40 cm. Framed 38 x 48cm. £350

These below, beautiful and brilliantly executed paintings are in the artist’s studio. Advice on sizes and costs is available on request from Elysium.



Zen O’Conor Profile

After leaving university I was left feeling quite empty and unfulfilled, unable to execute the finely crafted works I admired and envisioned. Inspired by a trip to Nepal, where I witnessed monks and nomads devote their entire lives to a single task. I also began to focus my full attention on my one passion in life, art, whilst making the hard decision to relinquish everything I had.

As a result, I was taken on a journey, travelling Italy, France, Belgium and the USA in a hunt for the best education and most skilled masters alive today.  An ability for sustained focus and attention helped me work my way through an intensive four-year academic training program in less than two years.  As a recognized talent, I was subsequently invited for a further two years apprenticeship in various countries under some of today’s most knowledgeable, skilled and well renowned academic masters.

On completion of my apprenticeship, I moved to the USA where I was able to teach my own apprentices, whilst working on various large exhibitions. I now live in Edinburgh, where I continue to build on the knowledge I have gained. My current works include international commissions as well as unique works in a style that encompasses all my worldly experiences. I continue to try and push boundaries with my art whilst passing on the fundamentals of academic training to a new generation of artists.