Walter O'Neill


Walter O'Neill

  "Off the Wall / Fresco Painting"  exhibit was reviewed on hyperallergic

  I have recently joined the Boca Raton Museum of Art as Director of the Art School; bring me full circle from my start of taking studio art classes in a museum. 

As a teenager I took Saturday art classes at the Montclair Art Museum and after class I would go into the galleries to look at the 19th century American landscape paintings by Asher B. Durand and George Inness and then would visit the Betty Parsons Collection that included small works by the abstract expressionists like Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.  This experience of viewing American art  as a seamless exploration of color and light and of landscape has been integral to my art practice. 
       After attending SVA I went to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture to learn the technique of fresco painting. I continued to study and practice fresco painting on m own and in Italy.  In 1987 I began teaching fresco at Skowhegan and stayed for 10 summers.  My interest in fresco painting underlies many aspects of my painting.



             In my paintings I explore the transcendent and ecstatic.  I use traditional landscape motifs and compositional devices as the framework for abstract painting. The vertical format and intimate size of each panel focuses the viewer.
       My artwork is informed by traditional techniques of painting.  The limited palette of natural earth colors as well as the compartmentalization of scenes comes out of the process and design of Early Renaissance fresco painting. 
         The arrangement of the panels in series creates a visual dialogue of form, color and movement. The series of panels echoes the format of narrative scenes in Early Renaissance altarpieces and fresco mural painting as well as contemporary serial art. This serial format sets up a dichotomy between the singular expressive image and the installation of inter-related multiple panels.




Lives and works in Long Island City, New York

  • 1977Hunter College of the City University of New York, MA
  • 1974School of Visual Arts, BFA
  • 1974Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture,
  • 1969Art Students League,
  • 2014Off the Wall / fresco painting, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013"LES artists", The Yard, 85 Delancey, New York, NY
  • 2013"Nature Interpreted" , Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013"All of the Above" installation, Church of St, Paul the Apostle, New York, NY
  • 2013"Bridging the Gap", La Guardia Community Colllege, Queens, NY
  • 2013"OpeningsNY", Callahan Gallery at St. Francis College
  • 2003Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
  • 2001Weir Farm
439 SW Natura Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
I have recently moved to Florida to be the director of the Art School of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I will soon be setting up my studio here and get painting.