Adrift Within A Long Loving Look

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 pm
 

Featuring Jimmy O'Neal


Bill Lowe Gallery presents artistic impresario Jimmy O’Neal in a stunning new exhibition titled, Adrift Within A Long Loving Look.  This show continues his two-decade-long exploration/expansion of the physical and metaphorical capabilities of paint as a medium. 

This cinematic body of work is composed of his signature mirrored paintings, taken to yet another level of surface complexity and opulence.  Jimmy utilizes his technological innovation of “mirrored paint” – or “pigmentless paint” – to interpret the reality of the in-between, the space in which we exist during the shift of paradigms.  Using the experience of a hot air balloon ride as the conceptual starting point, Jimmy’s work reflects the experience of a gradual movement - or transcendence - into a state of weightlessness, untethered by static landscape, or boundaries of traditional time and space.  We are suspended in this reality, looking into and back at ourselves as we drift amidst a constant flow of information and data.

 Capitalizing upon rigorous classical training that includes a mastery of draftsmanship, O’Neal creates visual experiences that facilitate a dialogue between a viewer’s emotional interior and universal impulses – or emanations – that forge what’s beneath the surface of our awareness.  He sees this realm as one of visual poetry, harmonic in nature, composed of frequencies that surround and interact with our senses; this is the multi-dimensional Universe and our journey becomes a memory of material form – of matter.  As we are carried into higher octaves – as the journey becomes accelerated, or slows – this non-existence is a spiritual contemplation, a rumination on the current state of cultural consciousness.

O’Neal has an extensive exhibition history that includes shows at museums including The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. He received his BFA in Illustration and MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. O’Neal is also a successful public artist that has created works for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Cobb Energy Center; the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS); and the Hanes Brands Theatre in North Carolina.