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Alex O'Neal
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My drawings and paintings idiosyncratically depict circumstances that associate Americans, i. e. dysfunction, style as empowerment, nature worship, anarchy, Hollywood. The community in my work finds a vehicle in fictional Delta City, where isolation gives greater opportunity for local superstars and homegrown fashion. It is a deprived, rural landscape where signs state DIRT FOR SALE. Delta City makes references to self-taught sensibilities and is a hideaway for poorly-disguised, rebellious characters. Flamboyant, mean hippies possess talismans in the form of souvenir jewelry, reliquary rings, black lightning, and candy-striped objects, including donuts, phones and clothing. Supernatural characters speak "star language". An aspect of this community, obscured by its decoration, is its metaphor for the family unit with its resident anarchists and history of secrecy, symbolized by the often disguised participants. It has taken me awhile to naturally arrive at "portraits" of the characters of my work. Each subject's personal style has a piled-on, shrine mentality or aesthetic. Their natural adornments, such as pine cones and snails, keep old mythology and superstitions alive. The nostalgic telephones in my works suggest the communicative ability of art as well as a potential for mischief. Newly isolated forms in recent work are geometric shapes and patterns that refer to migraine auras I have experienced for twenty five years. These vibrating shapes, that relate to the striped objects and lightning in my past work, linger near my characters’ faces like Art Deco jewelry.
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  • Delta City You
    2009
    Oil pastel on paper   24" X 18"

  • Migraine Calendar
    2011
    Graphite on paper   33" X 53"

  • Detail 1, Migraine Calendar
    2011
    Graphite on paper   33" X 53"

  • Detail 2, Migraine Calendar
    2011
    Graphite on paper   33" X 53"

  • King and Queen of Migraine
    2010
    0il pastel on paper   18" X 24"

  • Migraine Party Line
    2011
    Marker on canvas   48 " X 144"

  • Detail 1, Migraine Party Line
    2011
    Marker on canvas   48 " X 144"

  • Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   104" X 144"

  • Detail 1, Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   104" X 144"

  • Detail 3, Large Drawing with Phones and Donuts
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   104" X 144"

  • Nature Spirit
    2011
    Graphite on paper   17" X 14"

  • Delta Love
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   24" X 18"

  • Delta Citizens
    2010-11
    Graphite on paper   25" X 36"

  • Detail 1, Delta Citizens
    2010-11
    Graphite on paper   25" X 36"

  • Detail 2, Delta Citizens
    2010-11
    Graphite on paper   25" X 36"

  • Delta City Jail Scene with Lightning
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   32" X 44"

  • Detail, Delta City Jail Scene with Lightning
    2009-10
    Oil pastel on paper   32" X 44"

  • Drawing with Soho Psychic
    2011
    Graphite on paper   17" X 14"

  • Hi! I'm Cinnamon Coke
    2009-10
    Oil pastel on paper   24" X 18"

  • New Looks and Accessories for the Delta Scene
    2009
    Oil pastel on paper   32" X 49"

  • Detail, New Looks and Accessories for the Delta Scene
    2009
    Oil pastel on paper   Detail of 32" X 49"

  • Delta Dream Parade
    2010
    Oil pastel on paper   24" X 18"

  • Flea Market Superstars
    2009
    Acrylic on paper   49" X 32"

  • Detail, Flea Market Superstars
    2009
    Acrylic on paper   Detail of 52" X 38"

  • Honey Bun Lover in Disguise
    2011
    Graphite on paper   18" X 24"

  • It's Raining in Peppermint Memphis
    2009
    Oil pastel on paper   32" X 49"
 








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