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Divine Favor: The Art of Joseph O'Connell

O'connell, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 0814625738 / ISBN 13: 9780814625736
Published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN, 1999
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BRAND NEW BOOK in MINT condition, issued sans DJ. /// Ah, how we wish we could have met this wonderful man. In a tribute to O'Connell, J.F. Powers wrote: "Dear Joe, For his love and mercy, I believe he has received divine love and mercy, and for his works of art, I dare say, divine favor." Joseph O'Connell's art is magnificent, and you will love this book. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 005445

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Title: Divine Favor: The Art of Joseph O'Connell

Publisher: Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Pictorial Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj as Issued

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Collaborating as writers, designers, photographers, and editors, friends of Joseph O'Connell offer a glimpse of his creativity in Divine Favor, a photographic collection of this master-artist s work.
Introducing Joseph O Connell s principal works to a broader public, Divine Favor contains photographs of his work as well as background information and reflections. Readers will find a sketch of O Connell s life and work in the "Chronology of Principal Events in the Life and Work of Joseph O Connell," an affectionate introduction to the life of Joe as artist and friend in J. F. Powers Dear Joe, and a tribute to the man and artist in Garrison Keillor s He Was in the Arts, You Know. Other writers present reflections throughout the book on their favorite works, representing the hundreds of viewers who admire a favorite print or sculpture.
Influenced as a young artist by Eric Gill s liturgical art, O Connell produced many works inspired by religious themes. He had an unsettling ability to put familiar scriptural images, like Christ the King or Judas Iscariot, into a contemporary scene where we prefer not to see them. Working as a printmaker and sculptor of wood, metal, and stone, O Connell developed his own visual voice, a unique style at once representational and stylized, simple and elegant which distinguishes his work from the work of other twentieth-century artists. He honed his skills as a sculptor, using no power tools, but only chisels and hammers like those of the master-crafters who carved stone images on the great medieval cathedrals.
Articles and reflections in Divine Favor are Dear Joe, by J. F. Powers; He Was in the Arts, You Know, by Garrison Keillor; Unbecoming: A Look at Eve in the Baraque, by Mara Faulkner, OSB; A Bead on Human Folly, by Hilary Thimmesh, OSB; Jazz and the Coming of the Kingdom, by Mary Schaffer; The Gift of Joe, by Rosemary Boyle Petters; A Degree in Theology and Fine Art, by Philip Morsberger; A Work in Progress, by Larry Schug; The Moses Man, by Mary Willette Hughes; Transformation of the Commonplace, by Alan Reed, OSB; Joe s Questions, by Nancy Hynes, OSB; The Tree of Life, by Mark Conway; Tapping, by Dennis Frandrup, OSB; A Meditation on Peter s Denial, by Mary Hynes-Berry; and Chronology of Principal Events in the Life and Work of Joseph O Connell.


"Divine Favor conveys a warm, simple beauty and sense of humor. If that is a measure of O'Connell himself, his friends were blessed to have known him." ---The Catholic Spirit

"Art is partnered with life and energy in Joseph O'Connell's work. His forms echo the humanity of his subjects . . . and of ourselves." ---John Slorp, President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

". . . full of powerful illustrations. . ." ---Minneapolis Star Tribune

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