gold thread, 2019, oil on canvas, 56 x 72


Changing Tides

Fran O'Neill

On View: September 14 - November 9

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 4-6 PM*

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 14, 3 PM

HATHAWAY is proud to present Changing Tides, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based Fran O’Neill. This solo exhibition will be O’Neill’s second with HATHAWAY. Fran O’Neill attended Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, earning a BFA and Post Graduate Degree. Her post-graduate work continued at the New York Studio School’s Certificate Program, and her MFA was completed at Brooklyn College in 2012. In 2007 she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. O’Neill’s solo exhibitions include at: Sears Peyton Gallery, NYC; Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; West End Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; BMG Gallery, Adelaide, Australia; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia; John Davis Gallery, NY; New York Studio School, NY; and Sussex College, Hastings, UK. In 2016 her work was exhibited at MOCA in Jacksonville, FL in a group exhibition titled Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction. O’Neill’s work has been included in various group shows throughout the USA and in Australia. She has recently taught at the New York Studio School, Arts Students League and Pratt Institute. Her work resides in private collections in the USA, Australia and the UK, and in the permanent collection of MOCA Jacksonville, FL.

Changing Tides

Changing Tides reflects the ebb and flow that occurs on a daily basis, sometimes influenced by the seasons; the coming and going of each day and range of experiences that accumulate in what can be the strangeness that life presents on any given day/week/month or year. Anytime, any day, can be bursting with energy and we are swept up by the excitement of what is occurring. Other times it can feel like a shipwreck, one that we comb through looking at the fragments trying to work out the story.

This particular body of work is surprising in the twists and turns that the surface of the painting takes on. Colliding and caressing, washing away to reveal the saturation of experiencing the essence of the paint. The flow and looking at each crevasse, compounding and breathing deeply, all reflecting on outward look at the inner movements of the mind and body. Peeking through to reveal deep spaces, though the hand/eye coordination very much present in the control and fluidity of the mark marking. At once dense and vibrant; along with being intimate and grand, these paintings are an accumulation of an idea of traveling and changing moods and environments. From New York City to Australia, the transportation of the mind and body, the Changing Tides that we all experience.

*Please note that we are hosting our opening reception earlier in the day as to not conflict with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Gala later in the evening. The two events are nearby in the West Midtown neighborhood.