“O’Neil works in a manner akin to “stream of consciousness”: a fluid process reminiscent of the push-and-pull strategies of Hans Hoffmann paintings. Abstract forms and markings evolve and ultimately emerge into exquisite and unique compositions. In this organic process, the artist finds his forms through trial and error-in his words, a “survival of the fittest.” In this way the viewer is exposed to the “history” of the painting-privy to artistic decisions typically made alone in the studio.
O’Neil’s work focuses on the fundamental relationships between figure and ground. Reflections of light on the painted surfaces reveal complex veils of color which complicate the rigorous geometric underpinnings of his compositions. The completed painting is always the result of finding a balance between unity and confusion, the static and the dynamic.”
Director, Albright Knox