I was born on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, two degrees south of the equator. We lived there until I was three, in a house on stilts that would rock with the earthquakes. The beaches were volcanic black sand, and when my parents were at work the local villagers would look after us. After that we spent many years living in the Middle East. In Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman. When I was eight I came to the UK to be schooled. My folks have always had a passion for travel and adventure, I have them to thank for my own wanderlust.

After school I studied a BA (hons) in Mechanical Engineering for a year, and then a degree in Geography & Geology for a year. I was restless, yearning for a more exotic path through life so abandoned them to pursue a creative life of my own making. Both these courses were in Birmingham and so I found myself living there for the next 5yrs. I am a skateboarder and my creative friends were mainly involved in the skate and graffiti scene. I developed my artistic skills and built up a strong portfolio of work. From an early age I loved to draw and during this time I spent long hours drawing from imagination. I had studied A-level Art so had a grounding in Art History. My influences around this time were the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, H. R. Giger, Salvador Dali, Surrealism, Pop Art, skateboard graphic art and graffiti. Having built up a collection of ideas I needed a medium by which I could paint on the scale, and in the style that I wanted. I toyed with spraycans but was lent an airbrush. Taking to it quickly and naturally, I started work on my first large scale acrylic paintings in 1995.

In the summer of 1996, a friend, and well known graf artist Chu set up a groundbreaking Graffiti/ Street art show called Graffiti Bastards, at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. It was an ambitious event and was planned alongside “Ideal Skateboards” 5th anniversary birthday bash. Fourteen of the finest graffiti artists from around the UK showed their work….and me my collection of paintings. The Custard factory fountain was drained and a mini ramp built in it. The best skaters from across the UK were invited to skate. Bands and DJ’s played on three different stages. There was huge interest in all the artwork on display. Over the following weekend the mini-festival continued, with live break dancing, DJ’s, LTJ Bukem, Sneaker Pimps, and New Flesh for Old played in the exhibition space. The show did a lot to bring Grafitti and it’s culture to a wider audience.

On the second weekend I had a serious accident in the exhibition space. Whilst in Hospital Uri Geller rang me. He had chanced on the exhibition and wanted to buy my paintings. He did and then acted as my agent for the next two years, securing commissions, and setting up shows in the UK and New York.

By 1997 I needed a break from Birmingham and traveled to India. Four months were spent travelling around Northern India and Nepal. I became interested in Buddhism and Yoga, and spent time at the temples around Kathmandu and ashrams of Rishikesh. The vibrant sensual assault of the markets, temples and bazaar’s, the crazy, erotic colour of the Hindu temple art, the metaphysical mandala’s and thanka’s of the buddhists are all imprinted upon my memory and have served as inspiration for my art and life.

I left Birmingham in 1999, and have been living in Braunton, close to the North Devon coast, UK, for over twenty years now. I’m a surfer as well as a skater. What I paint and how I paint it are in constant evolution and are inextricably linked to the environment in which I currently find myself.

Over the years I have built up a base of art collectors who love my varied approach to creating artwork. My subject matter is diverse but currently revolves around landscape, portrait and abstract psychedelic art in oil, watercolour, and acrylic.

Commissioned work has also been diverse including a variety of different creative projects from Cable car murals in the French Alps, customising Jeans for Levi’s, painting cars for SaltRock and countless large scale murals projects in public and private residences.

The diverse range of artworks I create are all available to view and buy. Commissioned murals and portraits can be seen in the Gallery. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding purchasing or commissioning artwork.

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Conor creates a fabulous depth and emotion in his work. Whatever and wherever he paints he brings it to life with his diverse painting styles. A friendly and wonderfully talented artist. We are delighted that we are able to enjoy Conor’s fabulous works in our home…
Debs Hayes