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Watercolours and drawings by John O’Connor complemented by texts from Portuguese authors selected by Maria do Carmo Paço d’Arcos. Bilingual edition (Portuguese/English).
Art book 24 x 30 cms, 128 pages, hard cover with illustrated dust-jacket, printed on Stockwell Special paper 160 grs. Limited edition of 500 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. Publisher: Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Year of edition: 2009.
The soul of cities
Every city has a unique soul that dwells mainly in iconic places which linger in the heart, memory and time, acquiring the timelessness that moves us, ephemeral as we are. It is naturally in such places that the English painter John O’Connor has searched for the soul of three Portuguese cities, Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, discovering it in squares, streets and alleyways, belvederes and parks, churches and monuments, cafés and kiosks and in the river that runs through the horizon in all of them. From these encounters appeared the watercolours and drawings reproduced in this book, almost a painted journal of the emotions which these three cities inspired in his vision.
Fátima Vieira – Art critic
About the Authors
|John O’Connor was born in London. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art where he was awarded two drawing prizes and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. This was followed by two years of postgraduate study at the Slade School. His work is represented in various private and public collections in Portugal and England including the Selecções do Reader’s Digest, Grupo Pestana, Hotel da Lapa, Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the private collection of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.|
Maria do Carmo Paço d’Arcos was born in Lisbon into a family of celebrated literary tradition. She has worked in film production for many years. Recently, she has been translating English poets and organising art exhibitions.
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