Fran O'Neill

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With an entirely personal interpretation of gestural abstraction, Fran O'Neill uses her own body to push and sweep paint around the canvas. This expressive method of applying paint and, in many cases the monumental size of her work, provide the immersive experience that is a hallmark of abstract expressionism.  Layers and fusions of color and form flow around the canvas, gliding and shuddering creating an intimate journey.  Her expert use of color and the excitement of dynamic gesture on the canvas make Fran's paintings endlessly rewarding. 

Fran studied art at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, the New York Studio School and Brooklyn College.  She is based in New York and has exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally.  Just last year Fran's sumptuous compositions were part of MOCA Jacksonville's Confronting the Canvas exhibition.  Fran has received numerous awards including the Joan Mitchel Foundation Award.



2012                        MFA – Brooklyn College

2001                        Certificate - New York Studio School (NYSS)

1997                        Post Grad - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1994                        BFA - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia



2013                        Acker Award – San Francisco division   

2010 – 11                 Shaw Award, Brooklyn College

2007                       Joan Mitchell Foundation Award

2000                       Hohenberg Travel award, NYSS

2000                       Rosalyn Edwards Scholarship, Pen & Brush Inc., New York



2015, March       Gorky’s Granddaughter -



James Panero, New Criterion:   

Jonathon Goodman, Art Critical:

Mario Naves:

David Cohen, Art Critical:

Karen Wilkin, Hudson Review:





ArtSlant – interview with Nancy Jones:

Verdad Magaznine:


Joshua Abelow:     

Painting in NY:        

Repetti Studio:        

John Davis:             

Nathan Abels:            

Brooklyn College:     

Joan Mitchell Foundation:

NYC Art Now: