Contemporary art by Joseph O'Neal

Joseph O’Neal


Born 4/19/1983 North Carolina




Joseph O’Neal Claims North Carolina as his home and works in Newark, NJ. O’Neal is an internationally collected artist having participated in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mexico City, Ireland, and Basel, Switzerland.




My paintings, sculptures and installations are made up of various components including: wood, canvas, paper, found objects, and found material. I create a transcendental dialogue through a system driven by the archaic. Shapes, phonetics, and colors come descendent from a past that could only have been conceived at the present.


I think of my work as noise banging on a door; I think of my practice as opening the door. I view myself as a necessary actor for which the noise to be heard. It is important for me not to try and replicate the noise but rather open the door. In order to accomplish this I structure my studio practice around the idea of accidents and putting myself in situations to encourage accidents. I work with a visceral urgency and do not employ any pre-calculated moves. When I see a piece is working I acknowledge the preceding accident and can then create an environment that will foster more of the same. In some cases this means spilled coffee, painting with rags rather than brushes, and often working with my less coordinated left hand. All of these along with a host of other strategies are implemented as a gambit in my process. The words on the paintings arrive in the same manner the other elements do; by showing up in the ether at the right time. The words are not meant to mean anything. This is not to say that they don’t mean something, just that they were not originally meant to. The words on the surface of my work naturally cause viewers to look within the elements and colors of the pieces for direct associations; of which there are none. It is my intention that this back and forth will cause viewers to fall past the surface and experience the space between the pieces and themselves.



Selected Solo Exhibitions



World Champs, Ard Bia, Galway, Ireland

during a time like this, Activate : Market Street, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ



Trapping Ghosts, The Road Gallery, New York, NY



A Sunday in Soho II (w. Joe Strasser), Gimmick Studios, Basel, Switzerland



Guest Artist, The Road Gallery, New York, NY



A Sunday in Soho (w. Joe Strasser), Fabrikreal Glanzmann Generalunternehmung AG, Basel, Switzerland



I don’t think he gave her the time that night but damn near – damn near. , Stash Gallery, Miami, Fl



Bluetan Collective Selected Exhibitions



ultisols, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ



Woodhull, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY



Suspect your Elders, Bluetile Gallery, Columbia, SC



small towns burn a little slower, Push Gallery, Asheville, NC



you either build it or you don’t. , Dayone Art Space, Bridgeport, CT


Idioms of Grief, Electric Moustache Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC


Selected Group Exhibitions


Intersection 2017, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

Metro 31, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

The 500 Project, The Road Gallery, New York, NY



Intersection 2016, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

Queen of Angels : When a Church Dies , Art and Artifacts Gallery, Newark, NJ



Grand Opening, Quinientos Cincuenta, Mexico City, Mexico

Crossing Your own Line, R.Jampol Projects, New York, NY

Home Tour, The Road Gallery, New York, NY

Chanlink Invitational, Hibbleton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Everything Like This, Javier Santiago Gallery, Montclair, NJ

New Digs, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

Dichotomy, Index Gallery, Patterson Art Walk, NJ

Art Reach XXII, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

CMYK, Littlefield Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



Chapter 237, Index gallery, Newark, NJ

Cover the Wall, 7 Dunham Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Works on Paper, LBI Foundation, Loveladies, NJ

Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, NY



Put a Bow on It, Kraine Gallery, New York, NY

Amalgamation, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

Imminent Twilight, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC



Imaginary Arms, Arch Collective Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC



umbilical poetry, Space Womb Contemporary Gallery, Queens, NY

let the good times roll, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC

art slam standoff, Niagara, New York, NY

viscera, Spice Factory Gallery , Brooklyn, NY

beginnings, Spice Factory Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Mythed Connections, Lawton Basement, Brooklyn, NY

Instant Gratification, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



burning bridges, Stash Gallery exhibition during Art Basel, Miami, Fl

Polaroid Party, Hibbleton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

What the Flock, Black Sheep, Charlotte, NC



under the bridge, Stash Gallery exhibition during Art Basel, Miami, Fl

Cliché, Art Fuel, Wilmington, NC


Selected Press/Media

“Vernissage: A Sunday in Soho II”

Baz Kompakt, by Tamara Wernli

June 4th, 2015


"A Sunday in Soho”

Basler Zeitung

May 28th, 2015


"Poetry Issue”

Sensitive Skin Magazine, number 12

April, 2015


"The Open Solitudes of a Plural Self: Joseph O'Neal on Painting”

Sensitive Skin Magazine, by Erik Noonan

January, 2015


"Artist Interview: Joseph O'Neal”

Artrated, by lily Koto Olive

November 29th, 2012


”In New York Entdeckt Joseph O’Neal and Joe Strasser”


September 4th, 2011


”Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification”

ISM Publishing



”bluetan Collective with Joseph O’Neal and Geoff Henshall”

WFDD NPR Affiliate, Triad Arts Segment, by David Ford



“art feature”

blu Magazine, number 2, by Johnny Woody



Public Collections


Tokyo Booklet Library

Mona Lisa and Other Notes, acquired in 2011