Fran O’Neill – “Painting Her Way Home”

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  • July 9, 2015

January 16 – February 15, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, January 16th, 6-9 pm

Fran O’Neill, Warby View, 84 x 84 in, oil on canvas, 2014

Life On Mars Gallery is pleased to present “painting her way home”, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Fran O’Neill. The show opens with a reception on Friday, January 16th and will run through February 15th. A 17-plate color catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which features an essay by noted artist and writer Thomas Micchelli.

Fran O’Neill’s art is something you take in with your whole body… O’Neill’s blunt, tough-minded, ecstatically convulsive oil paintings are endlessly revealing: pigment and binder, solvent and surface fuse and split, continuously reconfigured under the constant pressure of the artist’s agitated eye and restless hand. The colors cling to the picture plane even as the translucent fields they inhabit unfurl to reveal the depths of space churning below.
– Thomas Micchelli

O’Neill is making some of most ambitious and successful large-scale abstract gestural paintings seen today. Extending the tradition of the great ABEX masters DeKooning, Kline and Mitchell, she glides between large and small scale.  The apparent ease with which she paints reflects a hard-earned mastery of observational drawing. O’Neill packs her paintings with emotion, and challenges us to discover other worlds within; whether via the large, fluid oils or the smaller works on canvas, or yet again with a different sensibility through her sensual works on paper. Bold and intimate, full of color and movement, with an immediacy and simplicity in the mark, the work draws us into her world of seeing.

In our Project Room we are pleased to present the paintings of Benjamin Pritchard. Intimate in scale and packed with enigmatic psychological meaning, Pritchard’s work bends the language of abstract painting into a most personal and singular expression. By virtue of their minute and intense adjustments, each is motivated by a desperate search for truth and meaning.

Press contact: Dana James,

Michael David
December 2014