Joseph O’Neal

Born 1983 North Carolina

Bio: Joseph O’Neal paints non-objective imagery in conjunction with words, names, and dates to prompt an ambiguous field of opportunities in his work. He is an internationally exhibited artist living and working in Easton, Pennsylvania. O’Neal has participated in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. These include three iterations of A Sunday in Soho; a notable large-scale solo exhibition held in Basel, Switzerland in 2011, 2015, and Zürich in 2018. O’Neal’s work has appeared in publications such as The Basler Zeitung, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Art Rated, Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification, Lulu Japan, as well as interview features with Telebasel, and NPR.

Statement: I paint non-objective imagery in conjunction with words, names, and dates to prompt an ambiguous field of opportunities in my work. I compose vivid colours in organic shapes and lines bringing awareness and urgency to the spaces between text and form; suggesting textual interpretation from a place beyond verbal or written language. My work reflects an in-between state of expressionism, and a surface stained by the relationship between ambiguity and memory. Chance and materiality are critical to my practice. Taking an intuitive approach, I paint within the process of being and becoming, and frequently stray from the brush, choosing to paint with my hands, rags, and trowels. I often layer canvas on top of canvas, creating texture and depth to the paintings in both a tactile and cerebral manner. The dualities of history and meaning are implied in my work as a representation of the nonsensical nature of experience and reality. I select text based on a myriad of gambits: chance, memory, current events, and resolutely walking in the direction that beckons. Authors and literary references began to show up in my work in 2008, and have since played a recurring role within my oeuvre. By pairing non-objective imagery with author’s names and connected biographical dates I am setting a stage of possibilities, with no objective beyond the creation of opportunities. The isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has only strengthened my use of literary references as I examine the solitary nature of my painting practice within the safe confines of my own fictional paradigm. Since 2009 O’Neal has been creating Jackie Onassis portraits and drawings in a repetitive manner. These works have defined rules and act as a counter balance to the non-objective works. Behaving more like color fields than portraiture, O’Neal views this series as a long term meditation. A zen garden.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

• 2018- A Sunday in Soho III (w. Joe Strasser), Möbel Factory, Zürich, Switzerland

• 2018- de profundis, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2017- World Champs, Ard Bia, Galway, Ireland

• 2017- during a time like this, Activate: Market Street, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

• 2016- Trapping Ghosts, The Road Gallery, New York, NY

• 2015- A Sunday in Soho II (w. Joe Strasser), Gimmick Studios, Basel, Switzerland

• 2011- A Sunday in Soho (w. Joe Strasser), Fabrikreal Glanzmann Generalunternehmung AG, Basel, Switzerland

• 2009- I don’t think he gave her the time that night but damn near – damn near. , Stash Gallery, Miami, Fl

Group Exhibitions

• 2020- Way Out, La Grange Gallery, Cernay-Lés-Reims, France

• 2020- Send Help, Levee Contemporary, Princeton, WI

• 2020- If You Like This, You’ll Love That, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY

• 2020- Glimpse, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

• 2020- People, Brick and Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA

• 2019- ‘Okay, Where is The Cake?’, Warbling Collective, online exhibition, London, England

• 2019- ‘Of Course, I Haven’t Forgotten’, Warbling Collective, 155A Artists Space, London, England

• 2019- A Collection of Lines, Brick and Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA

• 2018- Intersection 2018, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2018- Buyers Market, Brick and Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA

• 2017- Intersection 2017, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2017- Metro 31, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2017- The 500 Project, The Road Gallery, New York, NY

• 2016- Intersection 2016, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2016- Queen of Angels : When a Church Dies, Art and Artifacts, Newark, NJ

• 2015- ultisols, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2015- Crossing Your Own Line, R.JAMPOL PROJECT(S), NYC, NY

• 2015- Grand Opening, Quinientos Cincuenta, Mexico City, Mexico

• 2015- Chainlink invitational, Hibbleton gallery, Los Angeles, CA

• 2015- Home Tour, The Road Gallery, NYC, NY

• 2014- New Digs, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2014- Dichotomy, Index Gallery, Patterson Art walk, Patterson, NJ

• 2013- Chapter 237, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

• 2013- Cover the Wall, 7 Dunham Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• 2013- Works on Paper, LBI Foundation, Loveladies, NJ

• 2013- Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, NY

• 2012- Woodhull, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY

• 2012- Put a bow on it, Kraine Gallery, New York, NY

• 2012- Peril, Armageddon Ink Gallery, Brooklyn NY

• 2012- Amalgamation, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

• 2012- Imminent Twilight, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

• 2012- let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC

• 2011- Imaginary Arms, Arch Collective Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• 2011- let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC

• 2010- umbilical poetry, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

• 2010- small towns burn a little slower, Push Gallery, Asheville, NC

• 2010- let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC

• 2010- viscera, Spice Factory Gallery , Brooklyn, NY

• 2010- beginnings, Spice Factory Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• 2010- Mythed Connections, Lawton Basement, Brooklyn, NY

• 2010-Instant Gratification, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

• 2009- burning bridges, Stash Gallery exhibition during Art Basel, Miami, Fl

• 2009- Skate and Create, Gallery 80808, Columbia, SC

• 2009- Polaroid Party, Hibbleton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

• 2009- What the Flock, Black Sheep, Charlotte, NC

• 2009- Idioms of Grief, Electric Moustache Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

Selected Press

“Sora-Iro: Inside of You”
Lula Japan, number 12, by Matheus Katayama
March, 2020

“Vernissage: A Sunday in Soho II”
Baz Kompakt, by Tamara Wernli
June 4th, 2015

"A Sunday in Soho”
Basler Zeitung
May 28th, 2015

"Poetry Issue”
Sensitive Skin Magazine, number 12
April, 2015

"The Open Solitudes of a Plural Self: Joseph O'Neal on Painting”
Sensitive Skin Magazine, by Erik Noonan
January, 2015

"Artist Interview: Joseph O'Neal”
Artrated, by lily Koto Olive
November 29th, 2012

”In New York Entdeckt Joseph O’Neal and Joe Strasser”
September 4th, 2011

”Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification”
ISM Publishing

”bluetan Collective with Joseph O’Neal and Geoff Henshall”
WFDD NPR Affiliate, Triad Arts Segment, by David Ford

“art feature”
blu Magazine, number 2, by Johnny Woody