137 Adderley Street, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003, Australia


WestEnd Art Space

Fran O'Neill


 I am intrigued by space: how it can be open, compressed, complex, grand and intimate, all within the same image. Colour has a life of its own in my painting.  It moves—it leaps and curls across the canvas.  People say they’re reminded of waves.  You can see into and through the brush strokes, like water or a veil.  I’ve painted like this for approx. 12 years, though always pushing and allowing the work to develop and unfold on the canvas, telling its own story.

I like to think of my current paintings as upending ideas about landscape and space and our relationship to it. I want them to breathe in colour, have a sense of playfulness, and encourage you to look closer, and imagine diving into them, using explosions of colour and form to break new territory. Ultimately engaging with the world/work is essential to me.


 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. In 2007 she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. O’Neill’s solo exhibitions include at Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, NY; David Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick, NY; Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA and Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; BMG Gallery, Adelaide, Australia; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia; Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, John Davis Gallery, NY; New York Studio School, NY; and Sussex College, Hastings, UK. In 2016 her work was exhibited at MOCA in Jacksonville, FL in a group exhibition titled Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction.
O’Neill’s work has been included in various group shows throughout the USA and in Australia. She has recently taught at the New York Studio School, Arts Students League and Pratt Institute. Her work resides in private collections in the USA, Australia and UK, and in the permanent collection of MOCA Jacksonville, FL USA.