The artwork and paintings of artist Joe O'Neill

2 of my paintings have been selected for the 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition at the LA Municipal Art Gallery.
the show opens Sunday July 28 from 2-5pm and runs through September 22.




Carol Cheh, Mike McGee, and Aram Moshayedi



Sunday, July 28, 2013

2 to 5 pm

74 works of art by 46 artists selected from more than 900 artworks submissions by 368 artists.


Shiva Aliabadi, A.S. Ashley, Sarah Barnard, Anne Baumgartner, Todd Becraft, Nathan Bell, Mattia Biagi, Liza Hennessey Botkin, Nina Castro, Chais, Andrew K. Currey, Chris Dyson, Marc Fichou, Cynthia Friedlob, Matthew Miles Grayson, Beth Herzhaft, Randi Hokett, Romine Jaklin, Shannnon Keller, Manny Krakowski, Nadia Kusmajadi, Olga Lah, Madam X, Ceres Madoo, Oscar Magallanes, Lauren Marsolier, Tanner McCardle, Zoran Milosavljevic, Mike Mollett, Donna Morin, Keiko Nakagawa, Arshak Nazarian, Emily NyBurg, Joe O’Neill, Linda Sue Price, Jeff Rau, Melissa Reischman, Javier Rosales, Neil Shigley, Jacqueline Suskin, Lisa Talbot, Phoebe Sarason, Ricard Turner, Valerie Wilcox, Darlyn Susan Yee, Tom Zou,

Best in show winners will be announced at the opening reception. $2,200 in cash prizes will be awarded, including the LAMAG Associates Award.

July 27th, 2013

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I have 2 paintings in the show “Dark Beach” at New Image Art 7920 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
the opening is from 7-10pm Saturday, July 27.

“Inspired by more dramatic elements within surf culture, Dark Beach is an exploration of themes, individuals, and emotions that exude grittier qualities of aesthetic within the scope of contemporary surf art. Looking beyond the waves for more than just visceral beauty or physical release, we find the genuine perspectives of individuals, whose artistic sensibilities have been shaped by their experiences in the water and along the coast. As surfers, we have witnessed both the beauty and the reality of riding waves in modern society and the stark differences between the two present an area rich with creative potential. Curated by Los Angeles based surf entity Innocnts, Dark Beach offers viewpoints of a culture whose authenticity is most accurately reflected by those endeavoring to survive within it and gives equal weight to an alternative perspective within the realm of surf-related art exhibitions, where the surfing lifestyle is often presented as existing outside the realities of everyday life.”


July 27th, 2013

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Mat Gleason brought a group of art enthusiasts to my studio as part of the summer art tours he was giving. Today the Huffington Post ran his photo essay about the studio visits. I am really happy to be included in the article (and visit too). Thanks Mat!

here is the article:

Also i was lucky enough to have one of the pictures of my studio serve as the illustration for the Huffington Post Arts page! here is a screen shot (click for larger):

August 3rd, 2011

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Here is a great video of the Tel-Art-Phone show I am included in. The “thread” of works I am in starts at 4:59, with my painting at 5:43, but the whole video is worth watching.

The show is up until July 3, 2011. If you’re in LA, its worth seeing. Details in my previous post.

Thanks to Mat Gleason and Charity Burnett.

June 5th, 2011

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I am included in the show Tel-Art-Phone curated by Mat Gleason. The show is inspired by the children’s game of telephone. In this version, an artist creates a work which is then given to another artist. The second artist then creates a new work based on the first one. The second work is given to a third artist who creates a new work, and on and on. Each artist only has 10 days to make the work and they only get to see the work created by the person before them, not the work that inspired the person before them. It was a really interesting and challenging project with over 80 artist, including many well known heavy hitters. I am honored to be included and really excited to see the show!

The show opens May 28 and runs through July 3 2011 with an opening reception Saturday May 28 from 6pm – 10pm at Beacon Arts 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302. For additional information please call (310) 621-5416 or visit

More info: Press Release and artist list

May 14th, 2011

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This was a project called “Revisions” curated by Peter Schulberg of Eco-Logical Art. Old billboard vinyl is recycled as a canvas for new artwork, then displayed on billboards in the city as a public art gallery. This billboard has been shown in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. image size 10′ x 13′ on a 14′ x 48′ billboard.

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May 14th, 2011

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This is one of my favorite paintings and back in my possession. It is available again, now it could be yours! contact me if interested.
JoeONeillpainting-future 2003

October 20th, 2010

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JoeONeillpainting-diallo 2000/2004

“We Still Own The Night”

On February 4th 1999 Amadou Diallo was shot in the vestibule of his apartment building at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of the Bronx, New York. 41 shots were fired by 4 undercover police officers, 19 of the shots hitting their target. An autopsy later showed that 15 of the bullets hit Diallo in the back or sides. One of these entered through the bottom of his right foot. Four officers were on patrol looking for a rapist. They saw Diallo standing at the door of his apartment building ‘looking suspicious”. When they approached he appeared to reach into his pocket. The barrage of bullets followed, and the officers found a wallet in the dead man’s hand.

The officers- Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon, Richard Murphy and Kenneth Boss were members of the New York City’s elite Street Crime Unit (SCU). The SCU’s motto was “We Own The Night”. They belonged to no precinct or borough but patrolled the entire city with the freedom to search and arrest. Frequently the SCU patrolled the city’s poorest neighborhoods, stopping and searching mostly African-Americans and Hispanics. In 1997 and 98 45,000 men were frisked, and 9,000 arrests were made. Over 2000 weapons were taken off the street. Murder rates plummeted, but a high social cost was paid.

Amadou Diallo was born in Liberia on September 2, 1975. The oldest of 4 children, he was raised in Liberia, Guinea, Togo and Thailand. He spoke 5 languages, worked and studied throughout the world. He came to the United States in order to further his education. His dream was to study computer science and one day return to his family in Africa. While saving money for school he worked in a Manhattan convenience store. A devout Muslim, he prayed five times daily.

The officers were found not guilty of 24 charges brought against them, which ranged from reckless endangerment to second degree murder. An NYPD investigative panel recommended that the four officers should not be disciplined, because they’d acted within guidelines. The panel did recommended the officers “undergo retraining in tactics and firearms use”. The police commissioner agreed with the panel’s recommendation that the officers not be disciplined, but said they would not undergo any retraining.
Two of the officers have applied for jobs as firefighters.

Diallo’s family was awarded $3million in a lawsuit against the city of New York.

Time magazine, March 6, 2000, vol. 155 no. 9
My Heart Will Cross This Ocean Kadiatou Diallo and Craig Wolf. One World/Ballantine Books 2003

proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Amadou Diallo foundation

June 27th, 2010

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