Reception for the artist : (Thursday) September 11, 2014, 6-8 P.M.
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening on September 11, 2014 of its first solo exhibition of Recent Paintings by Massachusetts-based artist, Charles Thomas O'Neil. The exhibition runs through October 18, 2014.
Born in New York City in 1966, O'Neil worked in the 1980's as a studio assistant for the painter David Novros, whose Minimalist explorations of painting as object clearly left an enduring mark on the young artist's imagination. Leaving New York in his twenties, O'Neil has lived amidst the vibrant artistic communities of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts where he resides nowólocales whose stunning landscapes have attuned his vision to color and form as it exists in nature. The intersection of O'Neil's experiences between the intellectual rigors of Minimalist process and the sensual forms of the natural world has culminated in the group of small and medium-scaled paintings presented in this exhibition.
O'Neil's oil paintings express a joyfulness in the act of making that is conveyed through his honing of a visual vocabulary influenced by Minimalism and geometric abstraction. He often sands down the layers of paint until he achieves an aged and ethereal effect, employing light to highlight different aspects of the buffed and painted surfaces. He then focuses the viewer's eye on a particular area of the composition by painting around it. Through the process of addition and then subtraction, of painting in and then covering up, O'Neil lays bare the intuitive searching for color, proportion, and emotional gestalt that happens in the painter's studio. Always dancing the line between abstraction and figuration, O'Neil imbues his paintings with an ambition to contain everything that is in and of the world in a perfectly balanced and harmonious way, all within the limits of the picture's edge.
Charles Thomas O'Neil was most recently featured in a two-person exhibition with Chuck Webster at the Berkshire Art Museum in 2009 curated by Hellmut Wohl. His work is featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO, the Smith Barney Collection, New York, NY, and the Portland Museum of Art, ME.