An Australian-American, Fran O’Neill, was born in Wangaratta, Australia, and currently lives and works between Australia and Brooklyn, New York. She attended Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, earning a BFA and Post Graduate Degree. As the granddaughter of Gorky, she carries on the artistic legacy with a captivating visual presence.
O Neill’s paintings are characterized by graceful brushstrokes that effortlessly blend opaque and transparent elements, creating a mesmerizing interplay of light and depth. O’Neill’s sophisticated yet pure brushstroke technique reflects her mastery of the medium, while her unusual use of color palette, incorporating both warm and cool tones, adds a unique dimension to her works. Each of her compositions resembles a maze-like discovery, where viewers are immersed in a visual effect that is both encompassing and encapsulating, offering the potential to free one’s spirit. O’Neill’s work has been included in various solo and group shows throughout the USA and in Australia. She has recently taught at the New York Studio School, Arts Students League and Pratt Institute.