Throughout his career Conor was absorbed by the lives of the working people he found around him in Belfast and he made this the central feature of his art. It was his ambition, he once said, "to reveal the character...in all its senses of life, in all its variety , in all its passion, humanity and humor". "There is no justification for life without art...It is my belief that beauty is never completely absent from the activities of human life".
You Conor, were the first of painting men whose art persuaded my young eyes to see the shapes and colours which give quiddity to the strange bustling world about me then; and if i recall those days again, yours are the shadows which accompany me the shawled girls linked and stepping measuredly the heavy footed tread of Islandmen.
But now the years have blown that world away, and drugged our days and dreams with violence, your loaded canvasses may still provide, in face of fear and hate, brave evidence our people once knew how to pray and play, and laughing take life's buffets side by side.
Poem by: John Hewitt