QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Brian O'Neill B. 1969
Brian O’Neill’s work has been showcased in galleries across The U.S, Canada, Japan and England. O’Neill is a graduate of The Ani Art Academy apprenticeship program where he studied under the guidance of acclaimed realism painter Anthony Waichulis. Brian has also found success in both realism and abstract painting with his dynamic and expressive Organic Abstraction work that connects the living subject matter of his still life and figurative paintings and expresses them is a bold and innovative manner.
Brian is a sought-after instructor and teaches workshops and classes in his Rochester, NY studio in both representational and abstract work. His work has been included in three museum shows in the past four years with a Jurors Choice Award at the prestigious Naples Museum of Art for the Blossom 2: Art of Flowers Premier Exhibition, inclusion in the two year traveling museum exhibition of Blossom, The American Still Life exhibition at the Shreveport Museum of Art and most recently, The 74th Annual Regional Exhibition at The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY.
O’Neill has garnered numerous international awards and feature articles in many of today’s top art publications such as, The Artist’s Magazine “An Artist’s Life” Sept. 2014, The Pastel Journal Magazine, Top 100 Competition 2nd Place Still Life/Floral and was featured in the magazines coverage of the competition with a full page article and image of the winning painting (April 2011 issue), O’Neill also received an Honorable Mention in the same competition, Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition Honorable Mention, The ARC Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition, The Artists Magazine On-Line All Media Competition Honorable Mention and a Finalist Award in The Art Kudos International Competition.
“My responsibility as an artist is one that asks me to create not because I want to but because I have to, I am driven to make work that is at the highest level possible and depict beauty as I feel it to be and describe that in a language that can be read by all people who view my work even if we have never met in person” –Brian O’Neill