Breon O'Casey was born in 1928, the son of the Irish playwright, Sean O'Casey. After National Service, he attended the Anglo-French Art School, a small art school in St John's Wood, London, based on the French model.
He left for St Ives in the mid fifties and lived in Cornwall until his death in 2011. In St Ives he worked as an assistant to the sculptor, Denis Mitchell and then Dame Barbara Hepworth. In St Ives too, he began making jewellery as a side line, although his main occupation was painting. He continued making jewellery until he was 70, when he felt enough was enough and gave it up. The next 10 years were devoted solely to painting and sculpture, with the occasional session of print making.
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