Robyn O'Neil

Born 1977
Hometown Omaha, NE
Lives and Works Los Angeles, CA
Education
Kings College, London, England, 1997
BFA, Texas A&M University, 2000
Graduate studies in Fine Art, University Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 2001
Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Robyn O’Neil’s imagined landscapes, precisely drawn graphite, investigate evolution, apocalypse, natural disaster and extinction with imagery that is surreal—separated from the flow of time. Ominous clouds and landmasses, monks, ears, mysterious female figures, faceless busts and other enigmatic characters float over craggy and rolling landscapes. The subjects are illuminated by strange, almost heraldic light cast through mystical clouds, calling to mind Pre-Renaissance painting. Personal narratives are embedded in the symbolism and suggested in the titles, without ever divulging the full story. Disembodied heads and silhouettes of ghosts populate the newest drawings, something, she says, that has to do with hallucinations and memory. “Not only are these shadow images conjuring up the people I mourn, I’m also referencing and celebrating the very origins of art-making with this new work. These are my cave paintings.”




O’Neil has had solo museum exhibitions at The Des Moines Art Center, The Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and the Frey Art Museum in Seattle. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, American University Museum in Washington, DC, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampa, Florida. Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Irish Film Board Award for a film written and art directed by her entitled WE, THE MASSES which was conceived at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.


Courtesy of Western Exhibitions

Robyn O'Neil Gallery Art

Galleries

Western Exhibitions

Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Praz—Delavallade, Paris, France
Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL

Permanent Collection

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Microsoft Corporation Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX

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