Born 1913, Leicester. Died 2004
John O'Connor studied at the Leicester College of Art from 1931-34 and the Royal College of Art from 1934-37 under Eric Ravilious and John Nash. He taught at Birmingham College of Art in 1937 and then at Bristol College of Art from 1938-41. He served in the RAF during the War and then became Principal of Colchester College of Art from 1948-64. He was visiting lecturer at St Martin's College of Art from 1974-84.
He worked for a number of printers and publishers in illustration and design, including the Golden Cockerel Press. He published The Technique of Wood Engraving in 1971 and Introducing Relief Printing in 1973. In 1960 he received a commission from the Corporation of Basildon New Town and in 1977 the Glasgow School of Art organised a retrospective exhibition of his work.
The Arts Council, Tate Gallery and the British Museum in London have his work in their collections.