TOM O'CONNOR Principal, Art Advisor, Fine Art Appraiser
Tom O'Connor has been an art advisor for over twenty five years. In that time he has helped hundreds of corporations and individuals to acquire unique and interesting art collections. He is adept at addressing large scale and campus wide projects. Tom specializes in sourcing and commissioning monumental paintings, sculpture and artwork in other media.
Originally from New York, Tom returns there regularly to visit galleries. He also attends the major international art fairs to stay abreast of the current market, ensuring that his clients receive the very best representation. To this end, Tom maintains relationships with individual artists, galleries, auction houses, and private dealers.
Tom frequently lectures on art at venues ranging from colleges to client gatherings and retreats. He currently serves as a juror with the Art4Aids annual event benefiting the Aids Health Project. Tom is also currently an American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Candidate Member. His appraisal training at the University of California, Irvine enables him to perform appraisals of fine art objects to ensure that his clients' collections are appropriately valued and that they do not overpay for the artwork they acquire.
RICK PÉREZ Project Manager / Art Advisor
Rick Pérez has twenty years of experience working in the arts, with more than fifteen years at fine art galleries throughout the United States. His other experiences include working for the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs office in Southern California, assisting with the public art program, and managing the office for a photographer's studio in New Orleans. Rick has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Tulane University, and while he enjoys the works of many great 20th Century and contemporary artists, his love and strong knowledge of fine art photography make him a valuable member of the O’Connor & Associates team.
Rick has worked directly with collectors, artists, art dealers, and museum curators. He has participated in numerous portfolio reviews across the country, exhibiting and placing the work of both emerging and established artists.