DATES:          Nov 15 – Dec 31, 2019


O’Neill’s recent works aim to achieve a complete sense of painterly abandon. Using her arms and hands as her tools, O’Neill is in direct contact with the surface; her sweeping gestures creating luscious, rhythmic marks that are unique extensions of her body.

Limited palettes, silvers, gold’s, deep Indian reds with stark black and whites, touches of turquoise and a transparent gold orange, define this body of work, hinting at the earthly pigments of her homeland. Striations and rhythms, twists and turns hint at digital spaces while firmly rooting the work within the physical world. Colliding and caressing marks are often washed away to reveal the saturation and the essence of the paint. At once dense and vibrant; intimate and grand, these paintings are an accumulation of spontaneous actions traveling through her body in response to changing moods and environments, all occurring beneath her conscious mind.


Fran O'Neill, born in Wangaratta, Australia, O'Neill attended Monash University, earning a BFA. Her post-graduate work was at the New York Studio School's Certificate Program, and her MFA was completed at Brooklyn College in 2012. Fran works from studios in both New York and Melbourne and is considered an important figure within gestural abstraction. Her work is included in major international collections such as MoCA in the United States.

'Fran O’Neill’s art is something you take in with your whole body… Her blunt, tough-minded, ecstatically convulsive oil paintings are endlessly revealing pigment and binder, solvent and surface fuse and split, continuously reconfigured under the constant pressure of the artist’s agitated eye and restless hand. The colours cling to the picture plane even as the translucent fields they inhabit unfurl to reveal the depths of space churning below.”

– Thomas Micchelli – Hyperallergic