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This feature is continued from yesterday…

Over the years, Harrington Foundations instructor Duffy O’Connor practices what he preaches: in learning as much as possible. From learning a new foreign language, teaching woodworking, to travelling, camping and yoga, he believes new experiences enhance your life and provide a richness that has made him better at drawing, painting, printmaking and teaching.

Duffy is also an active member and teacher at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, where he has been teaching etching and relief classes since early 2003. “When I need to print, I print at the CPC, an organization that has become my home in the Chicago art scene and has brought many exhibition opportunities.  I keep a private studio where much of my work takes place,” he said.

You can see a great short video on the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and printmaking process in the video below:

On his work, Duffy commented, “I enjoy the directness of painting and the illusion of reality, especially since I paint things the viewer is unlikely to see in the world.” See more of Duffy’s work on his website at www.duffyoconnor.com.

About Duffy O’Connor: 
Duffy O’Connor received his B.A. in History from Grand Valley State University in western Michigan and attended graduate school at The University of Iowa, receiving M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Printmaking.  His focus as a printmaker has been etchings and woodcuts, often merging printing with painting and drawing.  Duffy’s career as an artist is continually reinforced and enriched by his teaching, an occupation he loves.

Duffy has lived in Chicago since 1999 and has taught at the Harrington College of Design since the fall of 2000.  Before coming to Chicago, he taught at the University of Iowa, Grand Valley State University and at the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program as a visiting artist.  Duffy has also taught oil painting at The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

Drawing courtesy Duffy O’Connor

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I always enjoy presenting a Harrington College of Design faculty member and sharing what brought them to the college and what they do outside of their work at Harrington. Today I’d like to present Harrington Foundations instructor, Duffy O’Connor. Here is what I found out!


Duffy O’Connor first started printmaking in his second year of undergraduate studies, in January of 1985, upon the recommendation of his professor who believed his approach to drawing would fit well with etching. Since then, his artwork production has been prolific; check out his piece “Chicken” below.  Commenting on this piece, Duffy said, “While this is not my favorite piece, I like it quite a bit – it is a painting on plywood using gouache, gesso and pencil. The central form is vague by design, and the jets playing chicken at the bottom recall drawings I loved to make when I was about eight years old.”

Duffy O’Connor came to the Harrington College of Design in 2000, based on a professional reference from a friend. At Harrington, he is a full-time faculty member and teaches Foundations courses, which features a curriculum that is continually developing. Duffy said, “It has been interesting to see how returning to design fundamentals through teaching has influenced my work in many subtle ways and overtly in some others, a welcome addition to how I approach my work in general.  As a printmaker I have always had to negotiate a course between technical precision and intuitive decisions and the renewed focus on fundamentals that comes from my teaching adds another layer of development.”

Keep reading tomorrow!

Painting and photo courtesy Duffy O’Connor

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