We're thrilled to feature the work of celebrated local artist Kevin Connor on the front of our 2014 Season Brochure. Kevin generously donated the use of his beautiful drawing of nearby Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst.
Darlinghurst has always been a hub for artists and Kevin, whose current studio is located in a converted printing works in the back lanes between Oxford and William streets, has for many years either lived or worked in Darlinghurst.
As one of Australia's most respected artists, Kevin is the only person to have won three of the country's premier awards - the Archibald, the Sulman and the Dobell Prize for Drawing - twice. An inveterate traveller, he is renowned for his streetscapes of London, Paris and his beloved Sydney. Most mornings you will find Connor furiously filling his sketchbooks with drawings of his favourite East Sydney haunts. His favourite locations? Bill and Toni's or The Arch in nearby Stanley Street, or Trocadero in Darlinghurst Road. There he'll sit, incognito, drawing the details of daily life as they unfold.
At 81 years old Connor shows no signs of slowing down. When we visited him in his studio he had multiple canvases on the go and only recently had an exhibition at the Liverpool Street Gallery. "I'm an obsessive drawer - it's a drug," he admits. Other artists use sketchbooks, but Connor knows no one who is so compulsive: "I'm a bit of an anomaly in that I draw all the time.”
We at Darlinghurst Theatre Company are hoping that the Eternity Playhouse may pop up in one of Kevin's drawings in the near future. Watch this space!
Posted 13 Nov 2013