displays of the human form bathed in emotional landscapes
of dark shadow and startling fields of filtered light define
the paintings of artist Peter O’Neill. At first glance,
his deep, warm tones, rich textural surfaces and captivating
subject matters may appear anchored in the tradition of
the elegantly clothed muse, seated in quiet repose. On closer
observation, however, O’Neill’s compositions dissolve into
the wistful sea of personal memories.†He†exhibits a fondness
for the contemplative female in unexpected and enigmatic
poses and views of intimate situations with bathers, sleepers
and those who are lost in a poignant moment of reflection.
Asian observer, Peter O’Neill watches his models and their
natural movements, so that his paintings do not look staged
or photographic. “The work comes from everyday life, he
says.” He just talks to people, or rather, he listens to
them. He begins by talking to his models about their lives,
and then he relates their stories in oil.
Sarah Jane Kelly
Category: Fine Art Pub.
Month: November 2006
Trim Size: 10.5 x 12”
Page Count: 104 Pages
Image Count: 70 Full Page Color Images