Contemporary art by Joseph O'Neal

Joseph O’Neal


Born 4/19/1983 North Carolina




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


The work consists of two variables: the problem and the resolution. Both variables are present in the end result, like the shaking of hands at a peace treaty. The handshake dissolves my relevancy.



Selected Solo Exhibitions



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



wish you were here, Dolce Vita, Charlotte, NC




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



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

Home Tour, The Road Gallery, New York, NY



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

Metamorphosis, Electric Lotus Gallery, Boonton, NJ

Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, NY





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

Peril, Armageddon Ink Gallery, Brooklyn, 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, Manhattan, 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

Skate and Create, Gallery 80808, Columbia, SC

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



Beer Thirty, Black Sheep, Charlotte, NC

Sketchbook project, Art House, Atlanta, GA

Just for Kicks, Black Sheep, Charlotte, NC



Grand Opening, Williamsburg White Room, Brooklyn, 







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