Joe Morrison

connor barrett self-portrait

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Oliver O'Connor Barrett, 1908-1987, better known as Connor Barrett, was a surrealist sculptor and artist who worked in New York and the UK. His most prolific period was 1940-1975.

He studied at Fircroft College in the UK and was a member of the Sculptors' Guild. He was awarded the Audubon Artists' Prize in 1948 and Medal in 1950.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1933, at the New Orleans Art Center in 1942 and 1943, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1945 and at Audubon Artists in 1946, 1948 and 1950. Some of his work is owned by Birmingham City Museum, in the UK.

He was at one time Instructor of Sculpture at the Cooper Union Art School, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

In 1943 and in 1949 his sculpture of "The Angry Carpenter" won him an American gold medal. He also created the playground sculpture of the New York World Fair in 1949.

His work included drawings and paintings, but his most important work was sculpture, both statuary and bas-relief. Hardwood was his main medium, with some work in stone and bronze. He also left a number of drawings, quirky, imaginative, and distinctively his own.

His expression is strong, vigorous and often erotic. He experimented with a number of different styles, some of which are reminiscent of Gauguin, Klee and Henry Moore, or of African sculptures, while also developing his own distinctive voice. His theme is the relationship of man and woman to themselves and each other, to those around them, and to God.

Connor Barrett was also a poet and music composer and was the author of several books.

He died peacefully at his home in the quiet Welsh valley of Cwm Prysor, Trawsfynydd, in July of 1987.

A number of pieces are being made available for sale by his widow. If you are interested, please contact her agent Tom Morrison at this email address:


Approximate pricing: $500 for the line drawings, $1500 for the paintings (gouache on hardboard), and $5000 for the small sculptures. Pricing of the larger sculptures and bas-reliefs available upon request.