Fran O'Neill: Studio Visit

Fran O'Neill, cutting through, 70 x 70 inches, oil on canvas, 2014 (courtesy of
Fran O'Neill, cutting through, 70 x 70 inches, oil on canvas, 2014 (courtesy of the artist)

Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting visit the studio of painter Fran O'Neill.

Thomas Micchelli, writing about O'neill's work for her recent show at Life on Mars, observes that “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 colors cling to the picture plane even as the translucent fields they inhabit unfurl to reveal the depths of space churning below.”