Bendigo born abstract expressionist artist Carolyn O’Neill currently resides in Hamilton and is actively involved in the local art community.
Although her preferred medium is painting, she also enjoys drawing, mixed media collages and sculpture.
Her former career as a psychiatric nurse has left an indelible mark and the significance of self-expression is evident in the emotional connection with her work.
A short beginners painting course in Melbourne back in 2003 marked the beginning of her interest in art and Carolyn began to exhibit locally. However it took a move to W.A. in 2007 to consolidate her art via formal art studies. This shift in her confidence and ability led to her decision to pursue an art career.
Carolyn is married with 3 sons and manages to juggle family commitments with her art. Her need to paint as a therapeutic outlet during particularly stressful times is evident in her ability to convey her emotions onto canvas.
Fossicking through op shops and adding to her Mid Century collectables are a constant inspiration. Her home is also filled with an assortment of vintage art, craft, architecture and interior decorating books revealing her strong interest in design. An ongoing fascination with how objects connect together in their simplest form; particularly modernism also influences her work.
Carolyn’s creative process is an intuitive one; incorporating physical, spiritual and emotional aspects. Art encompasses every aspect of her life and her faith fuels her passion and is her anchor. Much of her subject matter is inspiration from music and biblical themes. However her central goal is for her art to have an emotional connection with her audience.
The act of self-expression inspires and motivates me. The ’action’ or the physical outpouring of one’s inner self becomes a connective force. This raw but intangible energy is what I attempt to convey onto canvas.
I’m inspired by the early abstract expressionists from the 1950’s such as De Kooning, Pollock, Motherwell and Kline. Like them I feel that I am unable to express myself through representation. I desire to move beyond the recognisable ‘surface’; evoking a deeper emotional response.
Much of my work is autobiographical; depicting my inner world and emotions. They are similar to journal entries that are painted rather than written with references to biblical themes and the inspiration of music.
My work is generally unplanned; it is spontaneous and intuitive. I tend to work at a frenetic pace which I find both exhausting and energizing. It expresses a rollercoaster of emotions in varying degrees. The exploration of line, colour and form are a continuum in my creative process.
The physical and emotional tension in this work is evident in every brushstroke and drip of paint. It is this visual dialogue that allows me the freedom to express not what is seen; but what is felt.
“Abstract art is similar to a piece of music which may not describe anything tangible or tell a story; yet may stir emotions. An abstract painting depends on colour and design to do the same. “
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- 2008 – 2011Certificate II & IV Visual Art and Contemporary Craft (Tafe)
- 2013 Sentenced Zine, 2nd Edition. Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin N.T.
- 2012 Artfelt Art Prize, Salon De Refuse. Serpentine Gallery, Lismore N.S.W
- 2012 ‘Blue’ charity art auction for Beyond Blue. Curated by Mark & Henry (interior design/architect consultants) Sydney N.S.W
- 2012 Stockroom Group Exhibition, 100th Gallery Prahran VIC
- 2012 Abstraction, one hundredth gallery Prahran VIC
- 2011 Christmas Exhibition, Hope & Co Gallery, Hamilton VIC
- 2011 ’The South Western Times Survey’-finalist, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, W.A.
- 2011 ‘A Night On The Vinyl’ charity art auction, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, W.A.
- 2010 Colour Décor, Geraldton W.A.
- 2010 1 Biennal online exhibition –Diploma of Credit
- 2010 Tafe Group Exhibition, Dongara W.A.
- 2009 Dongara Fine Food Festival Art Exhibition, W.A.
- 2009 Colour Decor, Geraldton W.A.
- 2009 Geraldton Grammar Art Auction W.A.
- 2009 Tafe Group Exhibition, Dongara, W.A.
- 2008 Colour Décor, Geraldton, W.A.
- 2008 ACDC ‘Gold’ exhibition, Geraldton W.A.
- 2007 Provisions Cafe’ Williamstown, VIC
- 2007 Linden Gallery Postcard Exhibition, St Kilda,VIC
- 2007 ‘Art in Public Places’ Hobsons Bay VIC (Stained Glass series)
- 2007 Toyota Emerging Artist Exhibition-finalist, Port Melbourne VIC
- 2006 Group Exhibition at McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne City VIC
- 2006 Quenos Art Show, Altona Civic Centre VIC
- 2006 ‘Art in Public Places’ Hobsons Bay VIC (Clockwork series)
- 2005 Phaze 3 Gallery, Newport VIC
- 2005 Provisions Café, Williamstown VIC
- 2012 Arrival, Hope & Co Gallery, Hamilton VIC
- International Contemporary Artists Volume IV, page 197. ICA Publishing 2012