Denis O’Connor is one of New Zealand’s most established sculptors, with works ranging from public monuments in stone to private intimate narratives engraved meticulously onto slate.
He explores the importance of memory and its relevance in the present using both personal and broad social histories. Collaborations with poets, architects and other artists have been a crucial component of his practice.
His work is represented in all major public collections in New Zealand, and he has received many prestigious public commissions. His life size installation The Tangler’s Cave, a slate lined horse float, won the Premier Award for Headland 2011, Sculpture on the Gulf.