Liverpool based painter Danny O’Connor (aka DOC), graduated from Liverpool’s John Moores Art School where he studied graphic arts. Concentrating mainly on figurative and portrait subject matter, his influences include comic books, graffiti, illustration and character design. With a strong graphic element visible in his work, Danny uses a wide range of media including acrylics, spray paint, ink, paint markers and household gloss and emulsions. Danny has exhibited alongside some of the worlds leading Urban artists such as Banksy and Adam Neate as well as other gallery shows across the UK.
In Danny's own words: “My work is a celebration of contrasts focusing mainly on portraits and figures with a prevalence of opposing artistic influences. My inspiration walks a tightrope between high and lowbrow sources as diverse as Comics, Illustration, Character Design, Tattoo art and Graffiti to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Art Noveau, Modernism and Constructivism all pulled together to create hyper stylised and abstracted works. Contrasts play a big role in what I do, it’s probably the most resounding feature throughout all of my work in one way or another. I like to mix natural flowing lines with harsh diagonals. Clean crisp areas of colour with layered messy splashes of paint. I’m trying to achieve something that appears both modern and almost futuristic whilst retaining a raw traditional aesthetic. The paintings are built up in layer upon layer of paint which give the pieces great depth of field. They are created with an arsenal of tools that doesn’t settle with convention. As well as the more widely acknowledged paint and brush I use all manner of mediums such as, Correction Fluid, Spray Paint, Ink, Paint Markers, Texture Pastes, Charcoal, Graphite, Oil sticks and Collage. All applied in an equally diverse manner using brushes, fingers, paint rollers, sticks, paper and cardboard to drip, splash, spray, print and stroke the paint onto the surface.”