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Noel Connor’s visual art has often been stimulated by poetry, more recently
his own. In this selection of new work, the poems and photographic images
originated and developed as one, referencing and evidencing each other.
Word and image combine to extend and challenge memory and meaning,
creating a multi-layered response to his current themes.
In ‘The Bilko Rosary’ and ‘The Quiet Man – an interrogation’,
personal memory and family mythology are recalled and reimagined.
Memories are recaptured, imprinted with glimpses of popular culture and
period politics, partially focused in half remembered facts and fallacies.
Connor was born in Belfast. He studied Fine Art there and in the North-East
of England, where he was later awarded a post-graduate scholarship
to pursue research into Irish Literature. His images and writings have appeared
in various publications including The Honest Ulsterman, Krino, Lexicon,
Outposts, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review and Stand.
He has exhibited widely in Ireland and Britain and been involved in many
collaborations and publications with poets including Gerald Dawe, Maura
Dooley, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin.
For further information about the artist, his previous exhibitions,
publications and poetry, please go to his website