Brian O’Neill’s work has been showcased in galleries across The U.S, Canada, Japan and England. O’Neill is a graduate of The Ani Art Academy apprenticeship program where he studied under the guidance of acclaimed realism painter Anthony Waichulis.
Brian has found success in oil realism with still life and figurative work as well as bold, loose abstract painting. His dynamic and expressive Contemporary Landscape work explores the natural world around us through the use of horizon, air, fire, water, texture and luminous metal gold and silver leaf. The source of inspiration for both representational and abstract begins in the same place. Many collectors and admirers of O’Neill’s work are amazed to discover that the same artist has created a classic realism painting as well as a contemporary abstract and are fascinated that an artist can do both.
Brian is a sought after instructor who teaches abstract and representational workshops and private students in his Rochester, NY studio located in the historic Hungerford Building. His work has been included in four museum shows in the past four years with a Juror's Choice Award at the prestigious Naples Museum of Art for the Blossom 2: Art of Flowers Premier Exhibition, inclusion in the two year traveling museum exhibition of Blossom, The American Still Life exhibition at the Shreveport Museum of Art and most recently, in the 74th and 75th Annual Regional Exhibition at The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY.
O’Neill has garnered numerous international awards and feature articles in many of today’s top art publications such as The Artist’s Magazine “An Artist’s Life”, The Pastel Journal Magazine's Top 100 Competition (winning 2nd Place in the Still Life category and being featured in the magazine's coverage of the competition with a full page article and image of the winning painting), Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition (Winning Honorable Mention), The ARC Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition (Finalist), The Artists Magazine On-Line All Media Competition (Honorable Mention), and a Finalist Award in The Art Kudos International Competition.
“My responsibility as an artist is one that asks me to create not because I want to but because I have to, I am driven to make work that is at the highest level possible and depict beauty as I feel it to be and describe that in a language that can be read by all people who view my work even if we have never met in person” –Brian O’Neill