Carolyn O’Neill

Represented Artist

Carolyn O’Neill

Represented Artist

With an intuitive creative process, Bendigo born abstract expressionist artist Carolyn O’Neill’s former career as a psychiatric nurse has left an indelible mark and the significance of self-expression is evident in the emotional connection with her work.
Her central goal is for her art to have an emotional connection with her audience. An ongoing fascination with how objects connect together in their simplest form also influences her work to create this emotional expression.





Bendigo-born abstract expressionist artist Carolyn O’Neill currently resides in Hamilton, Victoria and has been painting since 2003.

Although her preferred medium is painting, she also enjoys drawing, mixed media collages and sculpture.

Her former career as a psychiatric nurse has left an indelible mark and the significance of self-expression is evident in the emotional connection with her work.

A short beginners painting course in Melbourne back in 2003 marked the beginning of her interest in art and Carolyn began to exhibit locally. However it took a move to W.A. in 2007 to consolidate her art via formal art studies. This shift in her confidence and ability led to her decision to pursue an art career. Fossicking through op shops and adding to her Mid Century collectables are a constant inspiration. An ongoing fascination with how objects connect together in their simplest form; particularly modernism also influences her work.

Carolyn’s creative process is an intuitive one; incorporating physical, spiritual and emotional aspects. Art encompasses every aspect of her life and her faith fuels her passion and is her anchor. Much of her subject matter is inspiration from music and biblical themes.  However her central goal is for her art to have an emotional connection with her audience.

Artist Statement

The act of self-expression inspires and motivates me. The ’action’ or the physical outpouring of one’s inner self becomes a connective force. This raw but intangible energy is what I attempt to convey onto canvas.
I’m inspired by the early abstract expressionists from the 1950’s such as De Kooning, Pollock, Motherwell and Kline. Like them I feel that I am unable to express myself through representation. I desire to move beyond the recognisable ‘surface’; evoking a deeper emotional response.
Much of my work is autobiographical; depicting my inner world and emotions.  They are similar to journal entries that are painted rather than written with references to biblical themes and the inspiration of music.My work is generally unplanned; it is spontaneous and intuitive.  I tend to work at a frenetic pace which I find both exhausting and energizing. It expresses a rollercoaster of emotions in varying degrees. The exploration  of line, colour and form are a continuum in my creative process.“Abstract art is similar to a piece of music which may not describe anything tangible or tell a story; yet may stir emotions. An abstract painting depends on colour and design to do the same. “


2008 – 2011Certificate II & IV Visual Art and Contemporary Craft (Tafe)


Solo Exhibitions

2015 Abstracted Still Life , 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2015 The Goodness Bureau artist launch exhibition, Thornbury, VIC
2015 Colourscapes, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
2012 Arrival, Hope & Co Gallery, Hamilton VIC

Group Exhibitions

2016 Belle Art Prize, Chapman and Bailey, Abbotsford, VIC
2016 Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC
2016 Because I am a Girl, Joel Gallery, Altona, VIC
2016 Kiribilli Art Prize, NSW
2015 Colours of Melbourne, Magnus Collective, Docklands, VIC
2015 Dreams, Pumpkin Lane Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
2015 Diamonds in a Paintbox, Art Cabriolet, Preston, VIC
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 Abstracts, Online Exhibition, The Artist’s Table
2014 PAINT Melbourne Arts Club, Ruffian gallery, Footscray VIC
2014 CONNECT 4, brightspace Gallery, St KIlda, VIC
2014 Art Crasher, Launch Exhibition, San Francisco, California, USA
2014 Instinct, Six Years Later Magazine Launch, Richmond VIC
2013 Nothing Without Love, Tusk Gallery,South Yarra VIC
2013 Future Transcendents, Manyung Gallery, Malvern VIC
2013 Femme Fatale, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza VIC
2013 Mixed Abstracts, Manyung Gallery, Malvern, VIC
2013 Sentenced Zine,2nd Edition. Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin N.T.
2013 Art We Love, Rtist Gallery, Prahran, VIC
2012 Blue’ charity art auction for Beyond Blue. Curated by Mark & Henry (interior design/architect consultants) Sydney N.S.W
2012 Stockroom Group Exhibition, 100th Gallery Prahran VIC
2012 Abstraction, one hundredth gallery Prahran VIC
2011 Christmas Exhibition, Hope & Co Gallery, Hamilton VIC
2011 The South Western Times Survey’, Finalist, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, W.A.
2011 A Night On The Vinyl – charity art auction, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, W.A.
2010 Colour Décor, Geraldton W.A.
2010 1 Biennal online exhibition –Diploma of Credit
2010 Tafe Group Exhibition, Dongara W.A.


2016 ‘5 x 7’ Art Prize – Highly Commended, Joel Gallery, Altona
2013 Winner, Online Landscape Competition, Arts Hub


2016 You Review Magazine, April. Artist feature pages 50 – 55
2015 Artwork featured – Art Collector California The Magazine
2015 Unveiling Contemporaries – Blog feature
2015 The Room Illuminated – Blog feature
2015 Art Edit, Issue 6 page 82
2014 Interview featured in “The Art Book Guy” Collector’s  Journal
2014 Artwork featured on Channel 9’s ‘The Block Glasshouse’
2014 Cover Artist – ‘Bespoke’ Magazine, ‘Inner Animal’ Winter Edition 13
2014 The Best of Modern and Contemporary Artists 2014 Pg. 203
2014 Curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo. EA Editore – Palermo
2014 Interview with Imageinit Art, written 31 July
2014 Art Edit Issue 1, page 78
2014 Art Ascent ‘Home’ themed edition
2013 Six Years Later magazine Volume III, page 42
2012 International Contemporary Artists Volume IV, page 197.

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