Eoin O'Connor is a visual artist based in the town of Lahinch on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. Mainly painting ocean inspired scenes, he try to capture some of the energy experienced while in and around the water. Over the past year he has been working towards merging the 3 areas in which he draws his inspiration - surfing, street art and fine art. The goal is to create something that can bridge the gaps between the different genres and stand alone as his own style at the same time.
"For as long as my memories serve me I have been creating and making ‘things’. It has been a path that I always dreamed of walking down as a profession. Through the years, financial struggles and broken bones put small kinks in the path but the end goal was always in sight. At college I studied Fine Art Sculpture and graduated with an Honors degree from the West Wales School of the Arts. To be honest, I found art college quite difficult, it constricted me and didn’t allow me to work on what I felt was ‘my own creation’. The education system meant I always had to answer questions about the meaning of my work. During college I started surfing with a couple friends from South Africa and it was in this time that I discovered something- The true power of the ocean!
I have always struggled to put a name on the type of work that I enjoy creating but in the last 5 years my main inspirations have been being out in nature, surfing, street/urban art, and the romanticist era of painting. I believe with these four influences, I have developed something that can be enjoyed by people from a huge spectrum of backgrounds.
The images that I paint of waves are open to each viewer’s personal interpretation. Some will see the swooping lines, the foreboding skys, the colours coming from within. For others it will spark memories of dream surfs that they’ve had or will have with friends, the moments of solitude we experience while being alone in nature or simply the idea of looking out at a perfect wave at their local spot.
Recently, I began taking my artwork from the canvas out into the public space. Having completed one of the largest murals in Ireland, Ive discovered I love the vastness, the challenge of working on a piece the size of a factory. The small wall pieces also bring another level to the work. I find it amazing how it can bring new life to a grey slab of concrete or completely transform the space of an entire room when painted as the inside of a perfect barreling wave.
I truly look forward to continuing the journey of where my art can take me and where I go in developing it in the future. I hope to see you all along this journey."