'Figure in a Haymarket winter park' may well be considered the artist's finest masterpiece and most important of the paintings of Connor's 1963-64 Haymarket series, which centred on the theme of his life up to that time. The leaning figure is a recurring life symbol of the artist's determination. Alluding to the difficult task of painting well, it makes painful progress along the road into the city.
First visiting the area during childhood, Connor has returned to the Haymarket again and again over ensuing years, inspired by its industry and its memories. As he said in 1988:
"I can always remember the bright sunny morning - I was about six years old - walking out of Central Railway Station on the mezzanine level where the trams used to come, walking out and looking across Sydney ... It was a distinct feeling of love for this place and all the infinite possibilities of life in this day in Sydney - an awareness of the one forever day ... I want to paint that feeling in every picture".
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
oil on hardboard
122.0 x 154.0 cm board; 137.0 x 168.5 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "Connor 63".
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1998
Not on display
© Kevin Connor
Shown in 8 exhibitions
Kevin Connor: recent paintings (1963), Australian Galleries, Sydney, Paddington, Jul 1963 -
Kevin Connor: Haymarket Paintings 1962 - 1974, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 22 May 1974–03 Jun 1974
Kevin Connor (1974), Toorak Gallery, Toorak, 23 Jun 1974–06 Jul 1974
Kevin Connor: paintings and drawings 1947-88, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 1989–15 Oct 1989
Referenced in 4 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1998, 'Collections', pg. 15-19, Sydney, 1998, 15 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Kevin Connor, Sydney, 1989, 25, 61.
Barry Pearce, Art and Australia (Vol. 27, No. 1), 'The City, The Source: Recent Sydney Paintings', pg. 92-97, Sydney, Spring 1989, 92, 97 (illus.).
Barry Pearce and Hendrik Kolenberg, Kevin Connor - paintings and drawings 1947-88, Sydney, 1989, 6 (colour illus.), 8.