About

Aleda O’Connor’s unique and ethereal oil pastel paintings examine the ways in which atmosphere and landscape are defined by light, air and water. They balance a creative tension between the requirements of the oil pastel and her visual exploration of the effect of weather on her subjects.

Her distinctive mark making and textured surfaces emerge from a commitment to drawing that underpins a vigorous engagement with her preferred wood panels. She employs various combinations of cross-hatching, scratching and scraping to layer lines and masses of colour.

Aleda spent her childhood summers in on a farm at Bond Head north of Toronto. As a teenager, she was inspired by renowned Canadian artists Charles Comfort and Carl Schaefer, who were family friends and regular visitors to the property. At Bond Head she acquired a permanent affection for Southern Ontario’s rural agricultural landscape and remains inspired by the geometry of open fields, drumlins and woodlots. These rural forms anchor her observations of the climatic conditions that continuously transform familiar landscapes. 

The search for landscape has taken her across Canada, to the United States, Mexico, Ireland, England, France, Italy and Portugal. While hunting for places that are shaped by weather, she discovered sheep, a subject she has returned to many times.

Every summer she spends several weeks on New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island contemplating the ocean, wind and mists of the Bay of Fundy.

Her work has been shown in galleries in Canada and South Korea and is represented in private collections in Canada, the United States and Ireland. Her paintings are also featured on sets for such television programs as Orphan Black,  Rookie Blue and Saving Hope.

Represented by 
Art Etc. Gallery Shop, Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road Burlington ON
Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton ON

Artist CV

2017 –  Colour, texture and pattern enrich Aleda O’Connor’s work  by Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, May 20
2017 –  Solo Exhibition, Effects of Weather, Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, ON. May 4 to June 8
2017 –  Record-breaking auction action at Dundas Art School, Hamilton Spectator April 10.
2017 – 47th Annual Art Auction, DVSA, Dundas Ontario April 8
2017 –   What Will You Bid?  by Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator,  April 1
2016 – Hamilton Artists Inc.  James St. N. Hamilton ON SWARM  November 26 – January 14, 2017
2016 – Little Black Frame Event, DVSA Gallery Dundas ON Nov.11
2016 – Island Art Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery Aug 20 – Sept 6 3rd Place, People’s Choice
2016 – Square Foot Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery June 25 – July 14
2016 – Sketch Group Exhibit Heliconian Club, Hazleton Ave. Toronto,  Feb. 8 – Mar. 9
2016 – Fragments, Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa St N, Hamilton,  Dec.3, 2015 – Jan.9,
2015 – Hamilton Artists Inc. James St. N. Hamilton ON SWARM  November 7 – December 5, 2015
2015 – Island Art Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery Aug 8 – 27 1st Place, People’s Choice
2015 – Square Foot Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery June 27 – July 16
2015 – At The Table, Group Show, DVSA Gallery Dundas ON May 11- June 12
2015 – Guest Speaker, Women’s Art Association Hamilton. February 19
2015 – Sketch Group Exhibit, Heliconian Club, Hazleton Ave. Toronto, Feb.2 – March 4
2014 – Hamilton Artists Inc. James St. N. Hamilton ON Members Exhibition
Nov 29 – Dec 14
2014 – Review of #Hamilton2Views, Angles and planes of the city by Regina Haggo Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 25
2014 – #Hamilton2Views, Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa St N,
Hamilton, ON Oct 9 – Nov 14
2014 – Square Foot Art Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery June 28 – July 17
2014 — Solo Exhibition FLOCK, DVSA Gallery May 3 – 24
2014 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Fundraiser Show, Squared, April 5
2014 – Review of On the Rock, Down to Earth Artists Explore Ecology Theme, by Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator March 22
2014 – Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, On the Rock, Group Show, March 7 – 30
2014 – A home where artists can thrive Kathy Renwald, Hamilton Spectator, Feb. 14
2014 – Prize Juror, Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, February
2014 – Represented by Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton ON
2013 – Hamilton Artists Inc. Annual Members Exhibition  Nov 21 – Dec 21
2013 – Miniature Show, 337 Sketch Gallery, Hamilton, Oct 12 – 29
2013 — Represented at Art Etc. Gallery, Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road Burlington
2013 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Fundraiser Show, Squared May 17-18
2013 – Drawn Together, Andrew Vowles, Portico Magazine, University of Guelph, May
2012 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Annual Members Show Nov. 8 – Dec. 16

2012 –  Miniatures Show, 337 Sketch Gallery, Ottawa St. North, Hamilton.  October 12-29. Audience Choice Award
2012 –  Seoul Art Fair, Seoul South Korea,  April 27 – May 12

2012 – Heliconian Club Toronto, Sketch Group Exhibition, Feb. 18 – March 7
2012 – Solo Exhibit, Core Realty, 747 Queen Street East, Toronto Jan. 19 to Feb. 16
2012 – Salon 6, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Invitational Group Exhibit Jan. 6 to 29
2011 – Dosan Gallery, Toronto Invitational Group Exhibition, Sept. 19 – 23
2011 – Dosan Gallery, Toronto, Invitational Group Exhibit, June 14 – 20
2011 – Heliconian Club Toronto, Sketch Group Exhibit,  March 1 – April
2011 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Juried Exhibit, SCAPES Feb. 2 – 13
2011 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 12 – 30
2010 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 3 – 17
2009 – Propeller Centre, Unabridged, Unabashed and Unbastardized. Group Show, Feb.  18 – March 1
2009 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 7 – 18
2005 – Discovery, Korean Consulate, Toronto, Invitation: Nov. 9 -16
2005 – Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Juried Show, April 2 – May 14 Second Prize
2003 – Studio Show, #226 – 15 Adrian Ave., Nov. 15 -16, 2003

2002 – Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton 29th Annual Juried Show, May 4 – June 1
2001 – Art Gallery of Mississauga, 24th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Dec. 13 – Feb. 3, 2002
2001 – Black Creek Pioneer Village Juried Show, Images of the Humber, May 4 – Oct. 7 Honourable Mention
2001 – Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Uxbridge Municipal Council Chambers, May 17 – 27 Honourable Mention
2001 – Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Juried Show, April 8 – May 13

1999 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Water Places. Solo Show, Nov. 11 – 28
1998 – Gallery 39 Burlington, Group Show, Nov. 20 – Dec. 9
1997 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Big Country, Group Show, July 9 – 20
1997 – Forge Gallery, Terra Cotta, Down to Earth, Group Show, May 3 – June 22
1997 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Solo Show, April 5 – 20