Jimmy O'Neal American, b. 1967


“My paintings are mirrors — they reflect the person looking at it, they're in real time and they're always changing.”


- Jimmy O'Neal



Jimmy O’Neal, a classically trained painter, continually explores and expands the physical and metaphorical capabilities of the medium. Through his work he creates experiences that call forth the universal impulses of the human condition that exist underneath the surface of our consciousness. He strives to represent the unseen visual poetry of the frequencies that surround and interact with our senses. His interest in physics, science, and biology led him to develop such technological innovations as mirrored paint, which is used in the creation of large-scale paintings that are intended to envelop the viewer. He further examines science and the body in such artworks as “brain machine,” a device that produces paintings generated from the artist's EEG readings in response to external stimuli.


O’Neal has exhibited in galleries and museums such as the The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. He received his BFA in Illustration and his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been commissioned by private and public institutions such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. O’Neal is a successful public artist that has created works for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia; the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS); and the Hanes Brands Theatre, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Most recently his public work Seven Cymatic Sonata for CATS was recognized as one of the 50 best Public Art Commissions in 2012 by The Public Art Network, a program of the Americans for the Arts.


The opulent showmanship of Jimmy O'Neal pushes the envelope of pictorial expectation to a point requiring modification of our descriptive vocabulary. His is Information Age art seeking and finding new beauty in our image-bombarded world. It is the hip and confident art of a young artist working in a brash American vein.


At the same time, his is a vision that embraces the breadth and depth of our collective cultural mythologies, independent of traditional time/space parameters. O'Neal seeks to document an individuated experience of the constant flow of consciousness. To do so, he captures "real-time" signifiers of multi-dimensional realities and provides us glimpses into the universal Gnosis - our inner knowing of that we cannot consciously articulate.


Harnessing skills gained from a rigorous classical training, and utilizing traditional materials augmented through scientific advancement, O'Neal forces a new respect for the time-honored tradition of painting. Seizing from the ethers archetypal icons of myth and legend, O'Neal's seductive painting reawakens within us a profound memory of mankind's highest aspirations.


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