Artist Talk: Fran O’Neill
From Abstraction to Landscape
April 15, 7:00-8:00PM
Fran O’Neill is a painter currently working in oil and watercolor. Her often large scale, abstract paintings are created from memories that begin as a visceral response to an unexpected moment. These memories act as a catalyst in the studio, entwined with personal experiences from her daily meanderings. Her gestural work draws from looking at all aspects of life; from the quietly tender, to the brash and all that’s in between.These emotionally charged moments, reimagined through painting, challenge O’Neill and the viewer to think and feel differently, and to be curious about their creation.
Mark making and movement serve as the foundation for O’Neill’s practice. Driven by color, light, composition, and scale, O’Neill’s work is organic, intuitive, and improvisational. Bolstered by a deep history of painting figuratively and painting the landscape, her practice has morphed into the abstract. O’Neill’s practice is rooted in process, and pushing the boundaries of what she knows, and what she works with.
Joining us on April 15, Fran O’Neill will discuss her journey as an artist, and her work as it has progressed through the years.
An Australian-American, O’Neill, was born in Wangaratta, Australia, and currently lives and works between Australia and Brooklyn, New York. O’Neill attended Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, earning a BFA and Post Graduate Degree. Her post-graduate work continued at the New York Studio School’s Certificate Program, and her MFA was completed at Brooklyn College in 2012. O’Neill has been featured in solo exhibitions at Sears Peyton Gallery, NYC; Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; West End Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; David Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick, NY; Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; BMG Gallery, Adelaide, Australia; Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Sussex College, Hastings, UK and more. In 2016 her work was exhibited at MOCA in Jacksonville, FL in a group exhibition titled Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction. O’Neill has recently taught at the New York Studio School, Arts Students League and Pratt Institute. Her work is represented by Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, USA; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia and West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia, and resides in private collections in the USA, Australia and UK, and in the permanent collection of MOCA Jacksonville, FL.
Fran is also teaching a workshop this Spring! Click below to learn more and register:
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oil on canvas, 60″ x 86″