Joseph O'Neal

Claiming home as North Carolina and working in Newark, NJ, Joseph O’Neal creates a transcendental dialogue through a system driven by the archaic. Symbols, phonetics, and imagery come descendent from a past that, in the words of Motherwell, “…could only have been conceived of at present.”

“A visual artist whose practice demonstrates the application of pigment as an allegory for self-determination is doing the viewer a rare service. Joseph O’Neal is such a painter, and the rest of the job gets done by his viewership, whose interpretation meets his creation halfway and completes it. O’Neal paints in the awareness of art's condition. His work presents marks and signs together in a suspense that holds them free from prior associations and welcomes the viewer's appraisal as if for the first time.” -Erik Noonan