Breon O'Casey British, 30 April 1928-22 May 2011


Breon O’Casey was born in London, son of the eminent playwright Seán O’Casey and the actress Eileen O’Casey. He has lived in Cornwall since the mid 1970’s, and is highly respected as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, jeweller and weaver.


Between 1949–51, Breon trained as a painter at the Anglo-French Art Centre in London. He then went on to study sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art from 1951–53. At the end of the 1950’s, he moved to St. Ives, which was the most important centre for Modernist art in Britain at that time. He soon began to work as an assistant to the sculptor Denis Mitchell and went on to serve his apprenticeship to Dame Barbara Hepworth, from 1959–62.


Breon found great support amongst the St Ives community of artists, who included: Peter Lanyon; Terry Frost; John Wells; Tony O'Malley and William Scott.


His highly sought after paintings combine a simplicity of line and form with pure colour. Likewise, his sculptures are pared back to simplified form. Observations of his natural surroundings inform much of his work: Birds feature strongly as a theme, as does the human figure – as in the series of 'Figure' linocuts featured here.


Breon O'Casey has been the subject of numerous books and catalogues. His works are represented in many public collections, including the Tate Galleries, and in many private collections. He has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, Eire and the US.