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Almine Rech

Gwen O'Neil

Gwen O’Neil (b. 1992, New York, New York) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015.

O’Neil’s distinctive process consists of the artist intuitively, yet methodically, dabbing fluctuating pigments on raw canvas in a chorus of dynamic harmonies that crash, swirl, and dance across the surface. The luminous canvases draw inspiration from the natural landscapes surrounding the artist’s home in California. Through these abstracted scenes, O’Neil evokes both the cosmic and the everyday: the atmosphere of Los Angeles twilight, the spiraling geometry of shells, and the hypnotic formations of migrating starlings.

In an era saturated with digitally-mediated images, O’Neil’s work provides a lush visual respite, prompting the viewer to contemplate both the grandiosity and the spectacular minutiae of the natural world.

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