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Artist Biography

Sally O’Neill is a Goulburn based emerging artist who works primarily in drawing, painting and animation. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting and Drawing from the then College of Fine Arts at University of New South Wales in 2010. O’Neill is employed as Education Officer at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, a position she has held since 2013.

Sally has exhibited extensively in group shows in the Goulburn region and has had two solo exhibitions, ‘There’s Nothing to See Here’ at M16 Artspace under the Regional Initiative in 2020 and ‘Chasing Cloud 9’ at 99 Chairs, Goulburn in 2016. She holds a considerable commission portfolio and has created five murals in the Goulburn region in the last twelve months. She was first prize winner at Goulburn Annual Art Award in 2019 in the acrylics section and finalist in Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art prize at Campbelltown Art Centre 2020 and John Copes Portrait Prize at Bowral Art Gallery 2020. She is currently working on a series of portraits celebrating the inspiring yet hidden lives of women in her home town of Goulburn.

Artist Statement

Through the forms of painting, drawing and animation I seek to give the mundane new emphasis, compelling my audience to consider the value of the ordinary in their own lives. I choose subjects that are low in the hierarchy of the art canon; people, animals, objects and everyday moments. In choosing content that I have an emotional connection with, my art is infused with nostalgia and a fixation on the prejudice of memory. Largely autobiographical, I seek to transform my story into a shared narrative through the conversation my art has with audiences who bring an array of experiences, personalities and opinions.

Artist CV

EDUCATION

2010       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting/Drawing, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2005       November, Regional HSC Visual Arts Major Works Exhibition, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2008       November, Annual Graduate Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

2010       June, Taralga Art Show

2013       June, Taralga Art Show

2014       June, Taralga Art Show

               October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2015       October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2016       June, Taralga Art Show

               October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2017       April, The Jug Show, Helen Stephens Gallery, Collector

               June, Taralga Art Show

               October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2018       June, Taralga Art Show

                October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

               November, What’s in the Kitchen?, Helen Stephens Gallery, Collector

2019       April, Birds and their Habitats, Helen Stephens Gallery, Collector

               June, Taralga Art Show

               October, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020       March-April, There's Nothing to See Here, M16 Artspace, Griffith, Canberra

2016       August-November, Chasing Cloud 9, 98 Chairs, Goulburn

 

AWARDS

2014       June, People’s Choice Award, Taralga Art Show

2015       March 2015 1st & 2nd Prizes, Goulburn Show

2016       October, 2nd Prize in Section ‘other’, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2019       October, Winner in section ‘Acrylics’, The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

2020       September, Finalist, John Cope's Portrait Prize, Bowral Art Gallery

               November, Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Prize, Contemporary Section, Campbelltown Art Centre

 

EMPLOYMENT

2020       March- June, acting Programs Producer- Children & Families, National Gallery of Australia

2011       October- October 2013, Arts Program coordinator, Goodstart Early Learning

2013       November- present, Education Officer, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2014       September, two week Mentorship, National Centre of Creative Learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Photography by Peter Oliver Imagery.