My Account My Lightboxes Create Account Submissions Guidelines Help
[ ARTIST ARCHIVE ]
  ARTIST PORTFOLIO  
 
Alex O'Neal
updated: 01/17/2012
website: www.alexoneal.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
Click thumbnails for full view:
 
Delta Citizen
Drawing with SoHo Psychic
Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
Detail, Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
Delta Citizens
New Looks and Accessories for the Delta Scene
Delta City You
Migraine Party Line
Detail of Migraine Party Line
King and Queen of Migraine
Migraine Calendar
Detail, Migraine Calendar
Nature Spirit Disguise
Delta Dream Parade
Delta City Jail Shrine
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative
 
 
Delta Citizen by Alex O'Neal
Delta Citizen
Oil pastel on paper
2011
24 " x  18 " 
Drawing with SoHo Psychic by Alex O'Neal
Drawing with SoHo Psychic
Graphite on paper
2011
17 " x  14 " 
Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts by Alex O'Neal
Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
Oil pastel on paper
2010
104 " x  144 " 
Detail, Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts by Alex O'Neal
Detail, Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
Oil pastel on paper
2010
104" x  144" 
Delta Citizens by Alex O'Neal
Delta Citizens
graphite on paper
2010
25 " x  36 " 
New Looks and Accessories for the Delta Scene by Alex O'Neal
New Looks and Accessories for the Delta Scene
Oil pastel on paper
2009
32" x  49" 
Delta City You by Alex O'Neal
Delta City You
Oil pastel on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Migraine Party Line by Alex O'Neal
Migraine Party Line
Marker on canvas
2011
48 " x  144 " 
Detail of Migraine Party Line by Alex O'Neal
Detail of Migraine Party Line
Marker on canvas
2011
48 " x  144 " 
King and Queen of Migraine by Alex O'Neal
King and Queen of Migraine
Oil pastel on paper
2010
18" x  24" 
Migraine Calendar by Alex O'Neal
Migraine Calendar
Graphite on paper
2011
35" x  53" 
Detail, Migraine Calendar by Alex O'Neal
Detail, Migraine Calendar
Graphite on paper
2011
35" x  53" 
Nature Spirit Disguise by Alex O'Neal
Nature Spirit Disguise
Oil pastel on paper
2011
18" x  24" 
Delta Dream Parade by Alex O'Neal
Delta Dream Parade
Oil pastel on paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Delta City Jail Shrine by Alex O'Neal
Delta City Jail Shrine
Oil pastel on paper
2011
24" x  18" 

Artist Statement

My drawings and paintings idiosyncratically depict circumstances that associate Americans, i. e. dysfunction, style as empowerment, nature worship, anarchy, Hollywood. The community in my work finds a vehicle in fictional Delta City, where isolation gives greater opportunity for local superstars and homegrown fashion. It is a deprived, rural landscape where signs state DIRT FOR SALE. Delta City makes references to self-taught sensibilities and is a kind of hideaway for flamboyant, rebellious characters. Zealous, glamrock hippies possess unlikely talismans: souvenir clothing and jewelry, migraine auras, and candy-striped objects, including donuts and phones. Individuals’ personal style has a piled-on, shrine aesthetic. Natural adornments, such as pine cones and snails, keep local myths and superstitions alive. Supernatural characters speak star language. Nostalgic telephones suggest the communicative ability of art and a potential for mischief. Delta City is also a metaphor for the family unit with its resident anarchists and history of secrecy, symbolized by semi-disguised participants.

Newly isolated forms in recent work are herringbone patterns and wavering lines that refer to migraine auras. These vibrating shapes, that relate to the striped objects and lightning in my past work, linger near my characters’ faces like Art Deco jewelry.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Born 1957 in Starkville, Mississippi and raised in the Delta, Alex O'Neal graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the Eighties, his formal education overlapped regular visits with Mississippi self-taught artists, including Mary T. Smith and Luster Willis. O'Neal's drawings and paintings have been shown at The Drawing Center, New York; BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; P.S.122, New York; Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell, Ithaca, NY; Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta; Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Festival International d'Art Singulier, Aubagne, France; LACE; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Chicago Cultural Center; Ecomuseu, Valls d'Aneu, Spain; Amory Arts Center, West Palm Beach; Red Clay Biennial at Huntsville Museum of Art, AL; Rockefeller Art Center, SUNY Fredonia; ART LA; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX; and Linda Warren Projects, Chicago. His work is in volumes 16 and 38 of New American Paintings.

O'Neal been awarded fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts (2011, 2001), Camargo Foundation, France (2009), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1999), Tennessee Arts Commission and Walter and Anne Knestrick Fund of Nashville (1998), and National Endowment for the Arts(1987-88). He has been a resident artist at Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France; Refugiet Klitgaarden, Skagen, Denmark; Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY; Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY; Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL; Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA; Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA; Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and Fundacion Valparaiso and Centre d'Art i Natura, both in Spain.

The artist lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago.