"Figural FINE LINES"
June 5–July 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 12, 6:30–8:00 pm
Interwoven, Charcoal, 19"x25"
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The drawings in Susan O’Neill’s “Figural FINE LINES” are inspired by the timeless beauty of the human form, articulated through a combination of both classical and contemporary interpretations. O'Neill's expressive figure drawings captivate through harmonious line, composition, and energetic form. “Figural FINE LINES” will be on display at The Art League Gallery, June 5–July 7, 2014.
Through her confident use of charcoal, O’Neill is able to capture the dynamic effects of the figure from live models. According to the artist, the drawings are the strongest when created spontaneously, taking anywhere from 3 to 5 hours to complete. She explains that the energy and enthusiasm in her drawings stems from her training in abstract figure drawing during the Neo-Expressionist era of the 1980s. Since then her work has been influenced by contemporary realism through the instruction of Robert Liberace and Danni Dawson, instructors at The Art League School.
“In a sense, I was taught in reverse from the masters. Figure painters such as Pablo Picasso and Richard Diebenkorn first studied the nude figure with tight, traditional line then later abstracted the form,” explains O’Neill. “While completing my BFA, we were given little direction on drawing the human figure. Everyone was working in abstract so that is what we were taught. Only now am I starting to incorporate the fine art techniques of traditional realism.”
O’Neill earned a BFA from the University of Michigan. She attended post-graduate studies in painting through the University of Michigan in Italy, Scotland, and Ireland and has been a student at The Art league School since 2004. Life as a Naval Officer’s spouse has offered O’Neill many years of diverse opportunities to expand her artistic eye, exhibit her work, and teach drawing and plein air painting.
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