Rhea O'Neill
  • Santa Cruz, CA
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Teresa Freedom liked Rhea O'Neill's discussion finding my way......Critique please.
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"Peter Doig does some similar things with nature vs. civilization.  It might be fun to look at his paintings. "
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Red Children

"This is a very interesting and unique series. Kudos!"
May 29, 2012
Laurel Sternberg replied to Rhea O'Neill's discussion 'finding my way......Critique please.' in the group NEW! Art Critique Gallery and Forum
"Very interesting, mysterious, draws me in."
May 29, 2012
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Dig

53cm x 36.5cmOil on CanvasApril 2012
Apr 2, 2012
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Red Men

"Hello Rhea,   Thank you for responding and telling me about your creative process and inspiration. I absolutely can see the reference to 'Red Men' now in the context you intended. But I like the initial ambiguity of the work too.…"
Mar 26, 2012
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Red Men

"  Hello Kristen, Thank you for your review on my painting. It means a lot to me to get feedback as I have recently moved to Santa Cruz CA and am sorely lacking in discussion about my work. I am glad that you were able to pick up on the…"
Mar 26, 2012
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Run

89cm x 127cm, Oil on Canvas, March 2012
Mar 25, 2012
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Red Men (Small)

"Curator’s Comment:   These pieces have a strange but appealing crystalline abstraction.  The landscape is faceted in a manner that breaks down the traditional figure-ground relationship, and yet I can strain to make out natural forms…"
Mar 24, 2012
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finding my way......Critique please.

Hi Everyone,I have begun producing a new series of paintings titled Red Men. Inspired by the images of uncontacted primitive tribes still existing in South America, the series aims to highlight the growing divide between civilization (the way we live now) and our perceived roots. These roots are connected though stories, myths and modern science, creating a confusing jumble of messages through which we view our home. A simpler way of life seems to have become a utopian dream for many while some…See More
Mar 22, 2012

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About me.

Hello Everyone.

A quick introduction about myself-

I graduated with my BA in Painting from Reading University, UK, in 2006 and went on to do a residency at Leighton Park School (also in Reading) for the following year. I then continued on the Wimbledon college of Art (University of the Arts London) and graduated with my MA in 2008. I recently moved to Santa Cruz, California, to be with my husband and am trying to find my feet in an art community that I yet to have any connections in. I hope to show in San Fransisco in the future.

website- www.rheaoneill.com

Artists Statement.

With these works, I embrace my sentimentality without letting it rule.  The lush surroundings within are always underpinned by repression and segregation. This perfection is sickly sweet, as unobtainable as a dream. I have begun producing a new series of paintings titled Red Men. Inspired by the images of uncontacted primitive tribes still existing in South America, the series aims to highlight the growing divide between our civilization and our perceived roots. These roots are connected though stories, myths and modern science, creating a confusing jumble of messages. A utopian dream for a simple life that can only be achieved through the expense of others, conflicts with a perceived catastrophic long term outcome our way of life may produce. All this collides to create a chaotic vision of over lapping agendas with the over arching knowledge that the world has its own history and we are just one part among many.

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